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Nanoscale Measurement Techniques


The overall goal of this research is to significantly advance the science of vibratory measurement for sub-micron mechanical systems. The dynamic characterization of such mechanical and biological systems are a major challenge due to the small length scales involved (which are typically below conventional diffraction-limited optical systems) and the high frequencies (~1GHz) associated with the normal modes of these systems. We expect to significantly advance the state-of-the-art in this area by providing the scientific community with a radically advanced measurement capability for studies that include high frequency and high performance Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) devices, other specialized nanomechanical systems, such as carbon nanotubes, and biological systems. The payoff for this research is significant. The overall goal is to significantly advance the science of vibration measurement of sub-micron scale components that provide the promise of revolutionary new solutions to traditional Navy and national technical challenges in a number of areas. They offer the promise of pressure, temperature, EM, and acceleration sensors, which are cheap, highly integrated into electronic substrates, are only nanometers in size, and have miniscule energy consumption. They hold out the possibility for nanometer scale analog processors, such as radio-frequency (RF) signal processor arrays, and may ultimately provide highly stable nanoscale information storage. This research will help provide new measurement tools to study many of the critical parameters of these systems.


Contact the Principal Investigator, Brian Houston, for more information

 

 
   
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