Kavli Lecture by Donald Eigler at Carnegie
Kavli Prize Laureate Donald Eigler presented his lecture titled "Atom Manipulation: New Perspectives in Nanoscience" at the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC on 30 November. Dr. Eigler was the first person ever to move and control a single atom.
Dr. Donald Eigler, winner of the 2010 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, was honored for the development of atom manipulation and for the elucidation of quantum phenomena with precisely controlled atomic and molecular arrangements on surfaces.
In 1959 Richard Feynman discussed a "great future" in which we can arrange the atoms the way we want. I 1989, Feynman's "great future" was ushered in with the discovery of ways to manipulate individual atoms using a scanning tunneling microscope. Dr. Eigler was the first person ever to move and control a single atom.
In his Kavli Lecture Dr. Eigler explained the basics of scanning tunneling microscopy and described how it is possible to extend its capabilities to include the construction of atomically precise structures through the manipulation of individual atoms.
The event was co-hosted by the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Kavli Foundation.