Now, a nano-bible written on a pinhead

December 23rd, 2007 - 6:17 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Dec 23 (ANI): Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have made a breakthrough in nanotechnology by printing the entire Old Testament onto a silicone chip smaller than a pinhead.

The text was written using a focused ion beam (FIB) generator that shot tiny particles called Gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicone.

In a process that can be likened to digging a hole in the earth using a water jet, the ion beam engraved a surface of the gold layer, making the underlying silicone layer visible.

The full text was written in 90 minutes however the computer program that guided the FIB took more than three months.

The idea was initiated by Technion Professor Uri Sivan of the Faculty of Physics, who is also head of the university’s Russell Berrrie Nanotechnology Institute.

“The nano-bible project demonstrates the miniaturization at our disposal,” said Sivan.

“This research could lead to the creation of more advanced miniature structures — and imaging — on a nanometric scale, advances in storing information in very small spaces, and the use of DNA molecules to store information, Sivan added.

The researchers said that the nano-bible will be snapped and expanded 10,000 times, but will still be small enough to fit into a 75-square foot frame to be hung in the Technion Faculty of Physics.

The photograph’s size will make it possible to read the entire Old Testament with the naked eye and the original nano-bible will be displayed next to the photograph. (ANI)

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