Re: Submolecular nanotech

Gina Miller (
Tue, 18 May 1999 23:13:17 PDT

I was refering to IBM's xenon atoms. Yes, you are right. Gina "Nanogil" Miller

>You can't push atoms around, unless they are noble gases absorbed to a
>cold surface. If you had a naked atom (radical) trying to bond it to
>something would be the least of your worries. In fact this is the
>reason you can't work with single atoms (with the possible exclusion
>of shooting cold radicals down a buckytube upon a surface), but have
>to use reactive moieties. They are either an analogon of a monomer,
>or get reactivated in a cycle after deposition. The abstract deposited
>species may indeed be an atom, but this doesn't mean you are pushing
>atoms around.
> > level, may or may not be the next step. Top down or to bottoms up,
>should we
> > skip? Why not keep delving into all aspects? I think there is a lot
>more to
> > learn at the atomic level, aside from abandoning it.
>Yes, there is much to learn:

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