You Won't Believe How Small Researchers Made This Replica of the Mona Lisa

You Won't Believe How Small Researchers Made This Replica of the Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa, meet the Mini Lisa.

Researchers at Georgia Tech have made a replica of the Mona Lisa that is thinner than a piece of hair. How? Through ThermoChemical NanoLithography, of course. The researchers used a heated cantilever, which is a device that can create heat-based reactions on a surface. So, where ever they applied more heat to on the surface, the grayer it became; less heat, the blacker. As you can see in the picture, each cell of color looks like a pixel.

The "Mini Lisa" is 30-microns thick: a "micron" is the equivalent to a millionth of a meter. For a little perspective, a red blood cell is about 10 microns in diameter, and your hair is between 10 to 100 microns in diameter.

Here is a life size version of the Mini Lisa:

And here is a much larger version for your viewing pleasure:

[via PopSci]

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