A cartoon model of a two-dimensional silica glass on the left is compared with an atomic resolution electron micrograph of the actual glass on the right (Photo: Cornell University)
Cornell professor David Muller and grad student Pinshane Huang show a model of the atomic structure of the world's thinnest glass (Photo: Cornell University)
Comparison of a 2D quartz crystal on the left to a 2D silica glass on the right (Photo: University of Ulm)
The glassiness of the molecule thick silica glass grown by the Cornell researchers varies between regions of the glass – on the left the "glass" is actually made of crystalline regions which are aligned in different directions (Photo: University of Ulm)
Three-dimensional images of the one-molecule thick layer of glass atop a graphene substrate (University of Ulm)
The sample preparation lab of Prof. Muller's group at Cornell (Photo: Cornell University)
In 2012, a one-molecule thick layer of silica glass was accidently made in the laboratory of Cornell professor David Muller, allowing the atoms in a glass to be seen individually for the first time. Now, Guinness World Records has identified this ultimately thin glass as a 2014 World Record.
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