Technology

The smallest house of the world

A new micro-system was used by French engineers to create the smallest home in the world. Researchers used a focused ion beam, a tiny robot, a microscope, and other nanostructure technologies inside a vacuum chamber to build a mosquito, where even mites do not fit.

Researchers at the Femto-ST Institute in Besancon, led by Jean-Jacques Ross, published the journal Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A.

The nanosystem of construction is called Robotex and operates with an accuracy of the order of two nanometers (billionths of a meter). The tiny house, made up of a fiber of width as much as about a human hair, that is, 75 microns, has a width of 20 microns and has doors, windows and a sloping roof.

The researchers said they hoped to further push the boundaries of this technology by building even smaller structures on carbon nanotubes 20 to 100 nanometers