A team of scientists from the FEMTO-ST Institute (France), led by Jean-Yves Rauch, built the most unusual and undoubtedly smallest house in the world, only 15 microns in height, made of thin silica membranes. At its creation, a two-beam scanning electron microscope and a focused ion beam were used.
Scientists succeeded in creating several designs – cutting, etching, joining and welding – using a few hundredths of a millimeter. A snapshot of the nanodomik was made using a scanning electron microscope.
Obviously, there will hardly ever be tenants in this house. Although it could fit the smallest amoeba, the size of which is only a few micrometers. Even more miniature viruses, the size of which is about 20 nanometers or 0.02 micrometers, would consider this building a real palace.
The technologies developed during the “construction” process are sure to find application in the creation of tiny electronic devices, for example, nano antennas and sensors, which will be implanted into the human body for medical purposes.