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Reproducing a Monet Painting With Aluminum Nanostructures

Soulskill posted about three weeks ago | from the go-small-or-go-home dept.

Science 27

MTorrice writes: Plasmonic printing is a recently developed method to create color images using different shapes and sizes of gold or silver nanostructures. It relies on the oscillations of electrons in the metal surfaces and can produce images with a resolution 100 times that of a common desktop printer. Now researchers have expanded the color palette of the technique using tiny aluminum-capped nanopillars. Each pixel consists of four nanopillars; tuning the diameters and arrangement of the pillars produced a palette of more than 300 different colors. Using these pixels, the researchers created a microscale reproduction of Claude Monet's "Impression, Sunrise."

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27 comments

Intel Inside? (2)

complete loony (663508) | about three weeks ago | (#47365159)

So new chips could waste die space to include a holographic company logo?

Re:Intel Inside? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47365819)

Subtle trademarks in the circuit design can be *very* useful for proving that the design is stolen.

Bitcoin Paper Wallets (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47365201)

This tech would be awesome for printing miniature Bitcoin paper wallets.

Amazing (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about three weeks ago | (#47365211)

I click on the "enlarge" button and I get images of the exact same size!

Re:Amazing (2, Funny)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about three weeks ago | (#47365275)

I click on the "enlarge" button and I get images of the exact same size!

The pictures are nano-scale duh.

Same size. (1)

leuk_he (194174) | about three weeks ago | (#47367285)

That is called a exact reproduction. ;)

Tommy James / Billy Idol (2)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about three weeks ago | (#47365297)

I love you Monet [youtube.com] Monet [youtube.com] ...

And it costs more than the original (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47365471)

At least for the next decade or so...

And you thought ink was already expensive! (1)

disposable60 (735022) | about three weeks ago | (#47365509)

Ink already costs more per fluid ounce than gold, now they wanna add actual GOLD!

Re:And you thought ink was already expensive! (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about three weeks ago | (#47365541)

No, now they're replacing gold with aluminium.

Re:And you thought ink was already expensive! (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about three weeks ago | (#47365975)

We don't use 'aluminum' or 'aluminium' anymore. They new Unified English® spelling is 'aluminininium'.

Re:And you thought ink was already expensive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47366733)

We don't use 'aluminum' or 'aluminium' anymore. They new Unified English® spelling is 'aluminininium'.

You must mean 'aluminuninunium'.

Re:And you thought ink was already expensive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47366645)

Logically that should reduce the price...

Re:And you thought ink was already expensive! (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | about three weeks ago | (#47367973)

Well, it takes money to make Monet.

Perfect size (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47365739)

I have a small condo so this will fit perfectly between my micro painting of Emily Carr and Tom Thomson.

Colors don't fade! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47365863)

It says the colors won't fade, but then says the nanostructures last for just a few months, an improvement over lasting a week!

What good is colors that don't fade if it completely disappears?

Monet... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47366397)

He was the original clod.

Re:Monet... (1)

disposable60 (735022) | about three weeks ago | (#47367301)

But very sensitive.

Applications (1)

davide marney (231845) | about three weeks ago | (#47367075)

That sample image is only 50 microns wide, barely as wide across as a human hair. That's one small security tag, my friend.

Re:Applications (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47368253)

~250 microns

Why not real art? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47367197)

Why did they use JEW 'modern art', i.e. rubbish that only the gullible pretend to think of as 'art'? Yet another example of the hideous power the Jew has over us all. Nobody wants to look at Jew trash 'art', we are sick of it.

Good thing the copyright has expired (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about three weeks ago | (#47367605)

Good thing the copyright has expired. Maybe that is why Monet isn't creating any more work.

Re:Good thing the copyright has expired (1)

ComputerInsultant (722520) | about three weeks ago | (#47368517)

The copyright may have expired, but "The researchers adapted the original image with permission from Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, France/Giraudon/Bridgeman Images."

So they completely ignored the fact that the art is public domain. Argh.

Re:Good thing the copyright has expired (1)

cryptizard (2629853) | about three weeks ago | (#47375173)

The original painting is in the public domain, but the museum's photograph of the painting may not be. In the US it would, but I gather that in other countries (and this work wasn't done in the US) the situation can be different.

Clearly 'shopped (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | about three weeks ago | (#47368557)

Oh, come on! That pic is clearly 'shopped. You can tell by the shading of the nano-pillars!

~joke

microscale impressionism (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | about three weeks ago | (#47369111)

At some point shrinking impressionist art pretty much just makes it.. art, right?

Not exactly durable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47369841)

"By avoiding dyes or pigments, this printing technology produces images that do not fade"
But
"The aluminum pixels are stable for more than seven months, unlike the previous silver pixels, which oxidized and degraded within a week."

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