A house too small for even Tiny Tim
Ottawa – There was Tiny Tim, and then the Little Drummer Boy – but they had nothing on the microscropic gingerbread house believed to be the smallest in the world, unveiled by a Canadian researcher.
About half the size of one made in France last year, it was cut and etched from silicon, complete with sharply defined bricks and trim, and a Canadian flag for a welcome mat.
McMaster University researcher Travis Casagrande said he used a beam of charged gallium ions that acted like a sandblaster.
Images provided by the Hamilton, Ontario school’s Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy showed the house sitting atop a cap on the head of tiny winking snowman made from materials used in lithium-ion battery research.
The pair of decorations stacked one on top of the other are barely taller than the diameter of a human hair.
The centre’s suite of 10 electron microscopes and other equipment are used mostly for materials research.