Single molecule imaged for first time

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Imaging the anatomy of a molecule
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IBM Scientists First to Image the “Anatomy” of a Molecule

Opens new possibilities for exploring the building blocks of future microprocessors and other nanodevices

Zurich, Switzerland, August 28, 2009—IBM (NYSE: IBM) scientists have been able to image the “anatomy”—or chemical structure—inside a molecule with unprecedented resolution, using a complex technique known as noncontact atomic force microscopy.

The results push the exploration of using molecules and atoms at the smallest scale and could greatly impact the field of nanotechnology, which seeks to understand and control some of the smallest objects know to mankind.

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