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MEMS are becoming 3D and atomically precise

Thursday, April 27, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Watson 104
Andrei Shkel, Prof., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Microtechnology comes of age. Clearly, some significant advances have been made, and we see a footprint of the technology in an ever-growing consumer electronics market full of interactive products enabled by microtechnology. These products include, for example, accelerometers for gaming, gyros for auto safety, resonators for clocks, and more. The questions remain, however: Is the technology really on the level of what we consider to be precision sensing? Is making sensors small necessarily result in degradation of performance? Why do we need the precision of sensing for our daily life and what are the opportunities if we have the precision at our fingertips? We are exploring a number of technological solutions, including micro glassblowing technology for precision sensing and silicon origami-like assembly techniques for classical and atomic MEMS; all to be discussed in this talk.

**Pizza will be provided at 11:30am in the Watson Lobby

Series: Applied Physics Seminar Series
For more information, please phone 626-395-8124 or email jennifer@caltech.edu

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