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MOBIUS
17-10-2007, 15:10:00
The Smallest Poem in the Universe - No FIBbing?

MEC researchers have inscribed a microscopic poem that would fit many times onto the sharp tip of a needle, using some of the world’s most advanced nanotechnology equipment.

A team from the Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC) including Dr Georgi Lalev, Mr. Jeff Kettle and Dr Krastimir Popov used a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) machine to engrave the three-line, seventeen-syllable Japanese-style haiku poem.

The line width of each of the poem’s 45 letters is 40 nanometers (a nanometer is a millionth of a millimetre). A letter is 170 by 170 nanometers in size. The point of a needle is approximately 74 square microns (a square micron is a millionth of a square millimetre) and the poem takes up an area of 4.36 square microns.

The poem, written by team member Kim Pham, reads:


The tiny engraving was achieved at the Centre’s MicroBridge facility, which provides UK industry with the most advanced machinery in the world, including the FIB machine, for working with materials on a nano scale.

MEC Director, Professor Duc Truong Pham, said: "It is good to see that engineers and scientists appreciate poetry and can even write possibly record-breaking poems, but there are many other uses for this technique in a wide variety of sectors. We hope to be talking to interested parties involved in electronics, the automotive industry, environmental sensors, laboratory instruments and medical equipment."

The team made the inscription using an electron microscope to align the ion beam. The area of the engraving is 80 times smaller than that of the world’s smallest hole, drilled by a MEC team last year, which appears in this year’s Guinness World Records (2007, p151) .

http://www.mec.cf.ac.uk/research/?view=poem&style=plain

:D

Lurker the Second
17-10-2007, 15:22:41
Worst. Poem. Ever.

Funko
17-10-2007, 15:24:53
Did he miss out the poem?

King_Ghidra
17-10-2007, 15:26:48
you certainly do like to ask the stupid questions

Funko
17-10-2007, 15:28:16
I like the stupid answers.

The Gas Maker
17-10-2007, 15:49:25
You came to the right place then.

Immortal Wombat
17-10-2007, 15:49:30
Maybe he got the [size=1.7*10^-7m] tags to work

MoSe
17-10-2007, 16:20:46
you need a nanoscope to read nanopoems, a microscope is no more enough

MoSe
17-10-2007, 16:21:09
NANOFORUM!!!!!!

MOBIUS
17-10-2007, 18:19:53
You can see the poem by clicking on the link - when I did the cut'n'paste job I lost the pic, which I thought added to the joke...:D

MoSe
17-10-2007, 18:28:32
the smallest hole is bigger than the smallest poem, hhhmmmmm.....
:cute:

I figure the space inside a benzene ring molecule qualifies as a hole....

Lurker the Second
17-10-2007, 18:31:41
:lol: I thought this part was the poem:

The tiny engraving was achieved at the Centre’s MicroBridge facility, which provides UK industry with the most advanced machinery in the world, including the FIB machine, for working with materials on a nano scale.