Thin Film

Silicon Nanomembrane

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.

Minimum credit: 

Shelly Scott, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Size: 

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

Pixels: Width: 

1600

Pixels: Height: 

1200

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This image was created by another institution, not the NISE Network. This image is available to NISE Network member organizations for non-profit educational use only. Uses may include but are not limited to reproduction and distribution of copies, creation of derivative works, and combination with other assets to create exhibitions, programs, publications, research, and Web sites. Minimum credit required.

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