30 Sep '15, 2pm

Teeny Tiny Very Small – Atomic Resolution and the Home Hobbyist

Teeny Tiny Very Small – Atomic Resolution and the Home Hobbyist

Atoms are small. Really small. You just won’t believe how minusculely microscopically mindbogglingly small they are. I mean you may think it’s a short way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to atoms. Atoms really are small. The atomic radius of a carbon atom is on the order of 0.1 nanometers, that’s 0.00000001 millimeters. It’s hard to grasp how fantastically small this is compared to objects we generally encounter, but as a starting point I’d recommend looking at the “Powers of Ten” video found below whose ability to convey the concept has been unrivaled since it was published in 1977. The term nanometer might be most familiar from the semiconductor industry, and its seemingly unstoppable march to smaller feature sizes. Feature sizes currently hover somewhere around the 10 nanometer mark. So while these multi-billion dollar facilities can achieve 10nm...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2015/09/30/teeny-tiny-very-small-atom...

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