Groundbreaking research in nanotechnology demonstrates the variable nature of structural color. In a prior experiment by students and Faculty at the Birck Nanotechnology center, it was demonstrated that the appearance of the color of an optimized nanosurface could change depending on variations of angle and polarization of incident light. The sculpture is proposed to be an interactive object that allows the general public to experience the relativity of color experienced at the research laboratory. In this image we can see how the color values of the nano surface (nano-tendon) are perceived differently depending on the angle of rotation and incident light:
Visitors will be able to be immersed in a physical kaleidoscope that they can control by using two rotating wheels that resemble the variation of polarization. The Kaleidoscope idea was originated as an application of the research by doctoral student Maowen Song and Professor Alexandra Boltasseva. The kaleidoscope inspired us to take this idea further by creating an engaging experience for the Greater Lafayette and Purdue Communities.