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Is it possible a metal to the thickness of

  1. Jan 13, 2007 #1
    Is it possible to slice a metal to the thickness of...

    ...an atom?
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2007
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  3. Jan 13, 2007 #2
    Oops...sorry guys. The question is:

    Is it possible to slice a metal to the thickness of a single atom?
  4. Jan 13, 2007 #3


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    I do not think that a blade exists which could "slice" an atomic monolayer. How ever it is possible, and not uncommon, to DEPOSIT a monolayer.
  5. Jan 14, 2007 #4


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    Using the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or similar devices its possible to move single atoms.
    I suppose if you had a lot of time and were persistent enough you could do this.
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