A tiny tribute for the ANZAC Day centenary
Our newsletter cycle meant we needed to wait until well after ANZAC Day to get this ‘little’ story out - but thought it should be shared.
This unique tribute to the ANZACs was made using the nanotechnology tools at the ACT Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility ANFF. Atoms were fired into gold to create the tiny picture - the soldiers are thinner than a human hair and the bugle is the size of a red blood cell.
The ANZAC pattern was fabricated by using Focused Ion Bean (FIB) system at the ANFF by Dr Evgeny Mironov, a recently
graduated visiting PhD student from ADFA, to commemorate the 100 years of ANZAC (1915-2015).
The structure was milled by accelerated gallium ions, which bombarded a 300 nanometer thick golden film deposited on top of the quartz substrate.
The pattern was created by vectoring the original image into 900 individual elements and uploading their coordinates to the specially designed patterning script. The structure has the dimensions of 375 by 375 micrometers with the smallest features less than one micrometer in size.