Could a one-atom-wide blade be made?

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Offline Heresjonny

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Could a one-atom-wide blade be made?
« on: 21/07/2009 10:20:08 »
Theoretically if it were possible to create a blade that was 1 atom thick would it cut through any material??

Strange I know
« Last Edit: 23/07/2009 21:12:06 by chris »

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Re: Could a one-atom-wide blade be made?
« Reply #1 on: 21/07/2009 11:06:45 »
It wouldn't cut through any thing made of atoms or molecules bigger than its own.
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Re: Could a one-atom-wide blade be made?
« Reply #2 on: 21/07/2009 12:23:38 »
The strength of the attractive force between atoms is different for different materials.
« Last Edit: 21/07/2009 12:28:18 by RD »

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Re: Could a one-atom-wide blade be made?
« Reply #3 on: 21/07/2009 12:31:10 »
You can hammer gold down to the thickness of only a few atoms. It is very weak!