|MadSci Network: Physics|
People doing nanotechnology are often described as ‘moving atoms about’ e.g. with ‘tweezers’e.g. in newspapers. Also, images from STMs that I've seen on the net make atoms appear as fairly stable round objects. But what you can see as the atom’s outer shell should really be the most distant electron from the nucleus (never mind the other theories from quantum physics about the funny behaviour of matter at this level). So how can nanoscientists pick atoms up and move them about when they are not actually ‘hard objects’?
Re: How can nanoscientists pick atoms up and move them about when they are not
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