Nano-scale Canadian flag sets world record in lead-up to nation's 150th birthday

Nano-scale Canadian flag sets world record in lead-up to nation's 150th birthday

The Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo set a world record for creating a Canadian flag measuring about one one-hundredth the width of a human hair.

Guinness World Records granted the inaugural award for smallest national flag to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at Waterloo for the flag measuring 1.178 micrometres in length. It is invisible without the aid of an electron microscope.

Nathan Nelson-Fitzpatrick, nanofabrication process engineer at IQC, led the creation of the flag with assistance from Natalie Prislinger Pinchin, a Waterloo co-op student from the Faculty of Engineering. They created it on a silicon wafer bearing the official logo of the Canada 150 celebrations using an system in the Quantum NanoFab facility at Waterloo.

"Canada 150 celebrates our past, present and future," said Tobi Day-Hamilton, associate director of communications and strategic initiatives at IQC. "The future of Canadian technology is firmly set in the quantum world and at the nano-scale, so what better way to celebrate the lead up to 2017 than with a record-setting, nano-scale national flag."

The record-setting was unveiled at IQC's open house on September 17, which attracted nearly 1,000 visitors. It will also be on display in QUANTUM: The Exhibition, a Canada 150 Fund Signature Initiative, and part of Innovation150, a consortium of five leading Canadian science-outreach organizations. QUANTUM: The Exhibition is a 4,000-square-foot, interactive, travelling exhibit IQC developed highlighting Canada's leadership in and technology.

"I'm delighted that IQC is celebrating Canadian innovation through QUANTUM: The Exhibition and Innovation150," said Raymond Laflamme, executive director of IQC. "It's an opportunity to share the transformative technologies resulting from Canadian research and bring to fellow Canadians from coast to coast to coast."

The first of its kind, the will open at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener on October 14, and then travel to science centres across the country throughout 2017.

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Sep 20, 2016
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Sep 20, 2016
Halfmicron (i.e. 500 nm) structures are nothing special in the time of 10 nm technology

With a quick screengrab I made a rough measurement. The resolution of this is at least 22nm (or better...measured accross the thinnest part of the stem of the maple leaf). For a more-or-less freeform structure that's pretty good.

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