These bouquets, petals, and trees are actually tiny bundles of wires that have been created in the laboratory. Each flower is several microns long, which is several billionths of a meter.
The wires are made of a material called silicon carbide, and researchers hope to use these wires to develop the next generation of electronic devices.
Scientists “grew” the flowers by putting droplets of liquid metal on a silicon chip. By changing the temperature and pressure in the experiment, they can weave the wires into three-dimensional shapes such as flowers.
The flowers were made and photographed by Ghim Wei Ho, a graduate student at the Nanoscale Center at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
All images are copyright Ghim Wei Ho.