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15,000 Beams of Light
August 2, 2010
One Chicago skyline is dazzling enough. Now imagine 15,000 of them. Northwestern University 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). BPL uses an array of pens made of a polymer to print patterns over large areas with nanoscopic through macroscopic resolution.
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