…wouldn’t that help speed up the development of mature nanotechnology? Sure it would. Just think of this X-ray microscope as another step towards what we Singulatarians are striving for.
They developed an algorithm that is able to convert the diffraction patterns produced by X-rays bouncing off the nanoscale structures into resolvable images. To test their microscope’s ability to penetrate and resolve details at the nanoscale, the physicists made a layered film composed of the elements gadolinium and iron. Such films are now being studied in the information technology industry to develop higher-capacity, smaller, and faster computer memory and disk drives.
Under the X-ray microscope, the layered gadolinium and iron film crinkles up magnetically to form a series of magnetic domains, which appear like the repeating swirls of the ridges in fingerprints. Being able to resolve those domains at the nanoscale for the first time is critically important for computer engineers seeking to cram more data into smaller and smaller hard drives.