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The smallest guitar in the world is of the size of a red blood cell

There is a saying that the greatest things come in the smallest packages but it isn’t always proven true, but this time it seems to be the case for a new musical development in nanotechnology, the Nano Guitar. 

What is the Nanoguitar?

It is the world’s smallest ever music instrument. A miniature guitar made out of crystalline silicon, 10 microns long (about the size of a human red blood cell), with six strings that are each about 100 atoms wide. 

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It is developed by researchers at Cornell University. The project was designed by the Dustin W Carr and Professor Harold G Craighead to showcase nanotechnology. 

Can it be played like a full-sized guitar? 

Although there are six strings in number they consist of 100 atoms each, they are so tiny that they can only be plucked by sending miniature lasers through an atomic force microscope to produce one of the highest pitches to ever be recorded. The sound is a 40 megahertz signal 130,000 times higher than that of a regular guitar, unable to be picked up by the even most sensitive microphones.

Nano technology

Nanotechnology is a new and a classic technology often spoken about in cryptic, fearful, science-fiction terms. It has a wide host of tech-based ramifications in the world of electronics, sensors, displays, and fiber optics.

The technology has alsobbeen used to create surveillance cameras and listening devices smaller than a grain of sand, but the nano guitar is a pure, lighthearted symbol of scientific optimism. We also used to regard guitars as big, shiny and an eye capturing and this Nano Guitar has done the same. It has sparked has sparked new discoveries in nanotechnology, including a new method of manipulating laser beams to aid in fibre optic communications.

This fully-functioning six-string that you can’t see without the help of a powerful microscope is the most attention-worthy guitar. Therefore it is rightly said that Big things do come in small packages.

Thus Dr Craighead and his team has made manged to make more smaller machines – such as nanoscales that can measure the weight of individual bacteria, recording data and diagnosing medical conditions at an atomic level.

Anushka Jain
I love reading books, writing poems, travelling, and dance fascinates me a lot and one can always find me grooving to the beats. Political science and economics being my realm intrigue me a lot towards domestic, international, comparative perspectives, economic slowdowns and geopolitics.


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