Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mini Monet

Improving on a technique that can be used to store data or create small security tags on physical objects, scientists from Singapore have introduced "the first plasmonic palette utilizing color generation strategies for photorealistic printing with aluminum nanostructures." Translation: They used nanoscale silicon pillars topped with aluminium, which create ripples of electrons that release colored light of particular frequencies when the light strikes them, to reproduce a miniature of Claude Monet's Impression, Sunrise, the painting that gave the name to the impressionist movement. And by miniature, I mean just 300 micrometers (a.k.a. microns) across, a micrometer being one thousandth of a millimetrer (about 0.000039 of an inch), making this the world's smallest recreated masterpiece.

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