Nudists on a semiconductor


Infineon Technologies' Lim Saw Sing discovered a colony of microscopic nudists having an orgy on the surface of an integrated circuit. Of course, there is some chance, albeit small, that they aren't nudists but rather just the polyimide surface itself after being exposed to etching by reactive ions. In any case, the image took a top prize at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on the Physical and Failure Analysis of Integrated Circuits.

"The Art of Failure 2012" (IEEE Spectrum)


      1.  But surely the fact someone is naked while having an orgy does not provide evidence they a nudist. Any more than if they looked like ‘nudists having a shower’.

        1. True, but this particular microscopic orgy appears to be taking place on a microscopic beach. I think that qualifies as crossover territory.

  1. Some school board somewhere is going to declare Physics 101 “immoral” and ban it from the curriculum.

  2. Further sordid details revealed and the narrow bounds of conventional statistical significance transgressed in next month’s issue of ‘Postlapsarian Condensed Matter Physics’, available behind the counter in most university libraries…

  3. Dirty, dirty integrated circuits.

    “Whaddaya doin’ in there, kids ?”
    “Integratin’ circuits, Dad !” *nudge nudge, wink wink*

  4. I never realized they had clothing optional semiconductors.  Gee, isn’t silicon wonderful!

      1. I haven’t been there, but I’m sure that the absence of nude Mark Frechette would kill the buzz.

  5. What’s _really_ sad is that even silicon integrated circuits get more action than I do… :-(

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