In an experiment they carried out, scientists managed to produce the thinnest glass surface in the world by chance. German and US scientists managed to enter the Guinness Book of Records in their experiments by chance.
Researchers from Cornell of the USA and Ulm University of Germany, in their experiment to produce pure graphene, discovered a disordered order in the matter they examined.
In the experiment, a glass layer made of silicon and oxygen was noticed when close observation was made. He thinks that the material, which came about by sheer chance, came from an air leak, causing a reaction between the graphene and quartz heater and the copper foils.
NEARLY SUCCESSFUL IN 1932
The resulting two-atom-thick glass, though extremely thin, could offer scientists new insights into the core structure of glass.
Using electron microscopes, the researchers were able to clearly observe the arrangement of atoms in the glass. David Muller, who was at the beginning of the research, made a surprising discovery in close observation: It was understood that the famous physicist of his time, William Houlder Zachariasen, managed to map the atomic distribution in glass almost perfectly in his experiments in 1932.
According to the news of The Verge, scientists think that 2D glass obtained by chance can be used to produce transistors that will increase the speed of smartphones and computers in the future. The two-atom-thick glass will be featured in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.