Microscopic Worlds The Size of a Dot on a Page

 - Dec 31, 2008
References: michaeloliveri & totonko
You would be forgiven if you thought these images were of some apocalyptic landscape. They are in fact, images of various compounds taken with a scanning electron microscope, magnified hundreds of thousands of times, with the actual material no bigger than a dot on a page. They are the work of critically acclaimed artist, and current Professor of University of Georgia, Michael Oliveri, in collaboration with materials scientist, Pan Zhengwei. The images are created using materials such as zinc oxide, or combining zinc oxide and oxygen at 600 degrees centigrade, and capturing the resultant reactions which give the appearance of trees sprouting, mushrooms growing, or desolate landscapes. Other images capture the nanowire growths from materials such as gallium oxide and silicon.