Scientists Create a Microscopic Mona Lisa

August 6, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

One of the world’s most recognized paintings has been recreated as an image a mere 30 microns in width or one-third the width of a human hair.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology painstakingly recreated a high resolution image of the work pixel by pixel, using a process called ThermoChemical NanoLithography. Researchers were able to control the heat of numerous confined “nanoscale chemical reactions.” This can be seen by the variations in tone throughout. Ph.D. candidate Keith Carroll manipulated the number and type of the microscopic reactions within the remarkably small dimensions of the image.

Not only is it nice to look at, this image demonstrates serious leaps in research, as explained by Jennifer Curtis, an associate professor in the School of Physic and lead author of the study: “This technique should enable a wide range of previously inaccessible experiments and applications in fields as diverse as nanoelectronics, optoelectronics and bioengineering.”