April 11, 2007
It's a big feat of the tiniest proportions. Simon Fraser
University's Nano Imaging Lab has produced the world's smallest
The only catch - you'll need a scanning electron microscope to
At 0.07 mm X 0.10 mm, Teeny Ted from Turnip Town is a tinier
than the two smallest books currently cited by the Guinness Book of
Records: the New Testament of the King James Bible (5 X 5 mm, produced
by MIT in
2001) and Chekhov's Chameleon (0.9 X 0.9 mm, Palkovic, 2002).
(By way of comparison, the head of a pin is about 2 mm).
The production of the nanoscale book was carried out at SFU by
publisher Robert Chaplin, with the help of SFU scientists Li Yang and
Kavanagh. The work involved using a focused-gallium-ion beam and one of
of electron microscopes available in SFU's nano imaging facility.
With a minimum diameter of seven nanometers (a nanometer is
atoms in size) the beam was programmed to carve the space surrounding
letter of the book.
The book is made up of 30 microtablets, each carved on a
piece of single crystalline silicon, and has its own International
The story, written by Chaplin's brother Malcolm Douglas
a fable about Teeny Ted's victory in the turnip contest at the annual
Considered an intricate work of contemporary art, the book is
available in a signature edition (100 copies) from the publisher,
Karen Kavanagh, 778.782.4244, karen_kavanagh@...
Li Yang, 604.291.3812, li_yang_2@...
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 604.291.4323
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