What is the technology behind Hank Pym controlling ants?

In this scene we see Hope controlling the ants,

What is the in-universe tech for this?

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    I think it is electrical pulses from the brain being magnified by the ear device and sent into the ants brain somehow. Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 13:04
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    TelepANThy! I’ll get my coat. Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 13:36

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The quote from the movie is

Hank: I use electromagnetic waves to stimulate their olfactory nerve center.

Since ants communicate via pheromones, Hank Pym uses special EM pulses to fool them into thinking that they're smelling what he wants them to smell, down to giving them very specific commands.

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If you want more info about the device (and how it was invented), you can find it in Ant Man: Larger Than Life, a one-shot comic produced to prequel the Ant Man movie.

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    So, he essentially calls them on the smell-o-phone.
    – user70603
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 18:04
  • @JasonSchwartz - I find it's better not to think too hard about it. It's dumb, but at least the writers have thought about it.
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 19:21

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