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26 November 2013
Microscopic Elephants inside Solar Cells.
by Alex Pryjet
Alex Pryjet
Alex Pryjet is Viral political pamphleteer who patrols the internet for things of political importance to todays world. He specialises in internet communications and information management.

Tiny, microscopic elephants measuring 3 millionths of a metre tall have been discovered inside silicon solar cells.

Alexander To, a PhD student at Sydney’s University of New South Wales discovered these tiny creatures when viewing his samples under a high powered, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Alex, who was trying to create a positively doped silicon-aluminium alloy by shining a high powered laser onto his cells, was shocked to find that the molten silicon had recrystallised into miniature elephants.

“It’s certainly not what I was expecting” he explained. “I’ve never seen anything like it!”.

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