Record grooves under an electron microscope

Right, this has nothing to do with Jungle really, except the medium of Vinyl, which we all love dearly like our own little 12′ inch, noisy, radial children.

Taken from, it shows what looks like a lunar landscape as opposed to tiny grooves, although it makes me worry further what damage my needle might be doing to my precious collection.

Chris Supranowitz is a researcher at The Insitute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Along with a number of other spectacular studies (such as quantum optics, trapping of atoms, dark states and entanglement), Chris has decided to look at the relatively boring grooves of a vinyl record using the institute’s electron microscope. Well, not boring for me.
From what I read, it’s not just a simple matter of sticking a record under a fancy microscope, as there is a lot of preparation (such as gold-sputtering the surface) and post-processing to be done. Having said that, the results are very cool:

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Main author and creator of Drumtrip. I have been listening to and mixing drum and bass in its various forms since 1998. Drumtrip was designed to celebrate the glory years between 1991 and 1997.