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Scientific Image - Silicon Nanomembrane

Air bubbles trapped beneath a silicon crystal film are shown in this optical microscope image. Light passing through the bubbles creates the circular patterns and colors.

Extremely thin films like these have important electrical properties and therefore find numerous applications in ultra-fast computer chips and high-yield solar cells. This image shows an intermediate stage of their production; trapped air bubbles are removed in later processing.

• SIZE: The sample imaged is 27 nm thick and a few cm wide.

• IMAGING TOOL: Optical Microscope

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Scientific Image - Liquid Crystal

This is an optical microscope image of a liquid crystal (Cromlyn in water). The colors are created by molecular variations or changes in the crystal's thickness.

Liquid crystals have properties of both liquids and solids: Although they can flow like a fluid, their molecules are highly ordered, like those found in solid crystals. The ubiquitous liquid crystal displays (LCDs) found in everything from watches to cell phones are made possible by devices that rapidly alter the structure of these substances—and therefore the way they interact with light.

• SIZE: The sample is 350...

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Exploring Tools - 3D Imaging

"Exploring Tools - 3D Imaging" is a hands-on activity in which visitors use 3D glasses to discover what ordinary objects look like under magnification. They learn that researchers use special tools and techniques, including 3D imaging, to work on the nanoscale.

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I Spy Nano! (NanoDays 2012)

"I Spy Nano!" is a game in which visitors try to find nano-related object on a game board. They learn about the different ways nano is in the world around us.

"Explore Science - Zoom into Nano I-Spy" (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.

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NISE Net Publicity Photos

Here is a selection of NISE Net press photos! Please use these images for marketing NISE Net related events, and in creating NISE Net related materials. These photos are free for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Please see the Credit and Acknowledgment PDF, under the resources tab, for detailed information on how to use and credit the photos.

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