Sometimes the best part of my job is that I get to illustrate some groundbreaking research (this research is by University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Yongfeng Lu) where I don’t fully know what is happening.
This illustration is one of those examples. As far as I understand, it shows where silicon nanotubes have grown between metal nodes. When shot with a laser the nodes become white-hot on the end.
Created with 3D Studio Max and Photoshop.