Issue Date: July 21, 2014
Atom Manipulation Crosses New Threshold
In a teeny tiny display of patriotism, a team led by researchers at the University of Basel has created the world’s smallest Swiss national flag out of ions (Nat. Commun. 2014, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5403). To generate the flag’s iconic cross, the scientists used the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM) to pick up bromine ions scattered across a sodium chloride surface and move them one . . .
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