15,000 beams of light: Pens that write with light offer low-cost, rapid nanofabrication capabilities

Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 19:28 in Physics & Chemistry

One city skyline is dazzling enough. Now imagine 15,000 of them. Researchers have done just that -- drawing 15,000 identical skylines with tiny beams of light using an innovative nanofabrication technology called beam-pen lithography. BPL uses an array of pens made of a polymer to print patterns over large areas with nanoscopic through macroscopic resolution. The method could do for nanofabrication what the desktop printer has done for printing and information transfer.

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