Australian scientists have recreated on the quantum canvas miniature copy of the “Mona Lisa”

Scientists from Queensland University have reproduced the “Mona Lisa”, “Starry night” by van Gogh, as well as a dozen on the quantum canvas, of a width not more than a human hair. Image projected and photographed on a drop of quantum gaseous substances, known as condensate Bose-Einstein, according to a press release from the University of Queensland. According to Dr. Tyler Nikki out of the Center of advanced technology ARC for the engineering of quantum systems from UQ, initially, “quantum replica” was an interesting side project along with more serious research.

“We never wanted to do it. Our task was held to better understand unresolved mysteries about how the flow of the liquid. We were hoping to get a new understanding of how our everyday world emerges from the microscopic quantum world, helping us to create a new quantum-enhanced technologies. But while we were doing it, we just managed to create some of the masterpieces in the world,” commented Neely.

To create miniature copies of artistic masterpieces, as well as other images, Dr. Neely and his team cooled a gas composed of rubidium atoms to a few billionths of a degree Celsius above absolute zero, which at -273,15 degrees Celsius is the coldest possible temperature.

“Gas doesn’t freeze as it’s too dilute and behaves like a quantum droplet gaseous substances. We then placed the image on the projector, illuminated by a laser, but instead to project it as large, we sent it back through the microscope to make the image tiny. This light is “printed” image on the section width of about 100 microns more or less of the width of a human hair, which can range from 17 to 181 microns. After that, we took the resulting image was only black and white, made color images, creating red, blue and green image, and then combined them on the computer.”, explains Neely.


The result is an image, barely visible to the human eye. The size of each pixel it is only about 50 atoms.

“One of the first images that we created were van Gogh’s painting “Starry night.” However, soon after we recreated and other masterpieces of art, and the famous pictures, including photos of ourselves.”

Researchers believe that these initial images are an impressive demonstration of the quantum of matter as a completely new material for the production of art and even hinted at the creation of a new direction in the culture – “scientific art”.

“We’re going to collaborate with artists that will help us to understand how to implement the creative vision of this technology,” adds Neely.