Re: nanotech timeline

Harvey Newstrom (
Tue, 9 Nov 1999 15:10:31 -0500

Spike Jones <> wrote:
> > a nanotech timeline.
> >
> > What should I put in there?

Anders Sandburg replied:
> Maybe the invention of the STM, and the famous IBM-logo of xenon
> atoms. The first re-engineering of a bacterial protein to do something
> useful. The first self-replicating chemical.
> I don't have the years for those, though.

See the reference dates for IBM's work with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope at <>.

  1. Positioning single atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope. 35 Xenon atoms spell IBM.
  2. Confinement of electrons to quantum corrals on a metal surface. Imaging standing waves in a two-dimensional electron gas.

Take a look at <> for more information. This is IBM's nanotech gallery. They discuss the science and art of creating things one atom at a time.

Harvey Newstrom <mailto://> <>
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