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Coastline of the land of monuments… tiny monuments.  Each of them would fit easily inside a single human cell.  They’re formed out of semiconductor, and are the result of what we call micromasking: tiny bits of debris landed on the semiconductor before the etching step, and protected the semiconductor
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Newton’s rings put on a microscopic show. This is a microscope image, about 20x, of some bright bands of color that appeared on the surface of one of my samples.  They’re formed from a colorless film of residue left behind after some IPA dried on my sample -
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Someone asked me yesterday how big my samples are, and what it all looks like.  This is a zoomed-out view (only 90x!) showing a nearly edge-on view of one of my samples, sitting on a cratered sea of carbon tape. It’s so zoomed-out that I almost feel embarrassed asking
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Multicolored marbled patterns! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you an unsuccessful attempt to clean tape scum off a delicate semiconductor surface.  The carbon tape I use in the scanning electron microscope, which looks so cool in the microscope and improves my image quality so much, leaves scum behind, as it
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Here’s the jagged edge where my sample broke. I blame the carbon tape, which is usually my friend, a nice way to get rid of those pesky extra electrons, and a way to stop my sample from falling off the holder in the electron microscope.  Except this time, the
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Check it out - we made opal! My labmate Lindsay Freeman made this thin layer of opal on glass, and this is what it ends up looking like under a microscope - crazy patterns and planes of swirled color, some areas calm, some areas highly chaotic.  From this angle it
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It’s a serene sight - a nicely formed wall of laser material (semiconductor InGaAsP, to be exact) stands on a smooth glassy plain. I added the color - it’s not actually cold here.  It’s inhospitable in a different sense, though: There isn’t any air.  For the
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Dramatic patterns of light and dark chase each other across the landscape.  Jagged monoliths reach for the sky, while canyons, mesas, and mountains range on toward the horizon. The mountains are made of solid laser material, and the plains are made of solid glass.  And it’s all microscopic, the
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