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© Toshie Yaguchi, Takeo Kamino (Hitachi Instrument Engineering Co.,Ltd.)
© Takuji Miyamoto (Instrument Division, Hitachi, Ltd.)
The AKAFUJI, or "Mt. Fuji in Red", is actually crystallized tungsten oxide (2/10,000 mm in size) photographed with a transmission electron microscope. The crystal was formed and developed by heating tungsten in a very low oxygen pressure. A series of steps can be observed along the slope with each step measuring about 2/10 millionths of a millimeter representing the layer of atoms. The study of crystal formation is a significant work which is one of the basic technologies for semiconductor industry but also for material sciences.
Prize winning photo at 52nd photo contest hosted by the Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy in 1996.