A group of IBM nanophysicists wanted to share their discoveries with the world, and what better way to do that through the art of film? In that spirit, their researchers worked together to create a true work of art. They used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of atoms, arrange them, and make the world’s tiniest story.
The film is a product of IBM’s nanoscience team, who do research in the field of atomic memory, where the ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial.
The movie, moved with atoms, is so small it can only be seen when you magnify it 100 million times. Named “A Boy and His Atom,” the Guinness World Records verified movie used thousands of precisely placed atoms to create nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action.
“A Boy and His Atom” depicts a cute little character named Atom who befriends a single atom and goes on a playful journey that includes dancing, playing catch and bouncing on a trampoline.
If you didn’t see it when it premiered in March 2013, prepare to be astounded to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the “World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film.”