From Carbon Nanotube Springs to Power MEMS: Creating New Capabilities at the Micro and Nano Scales
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Combining new concepts for microsystems with new methods of creating them enables a wide range of small-scale systems. At one extreme, new concepts for power MEMS combined with precision micromachining enable high performance MEMS components for applications from power and energy to high power lasers. At the other extreme, new techniques for micro and nanoscale assembly enable the creation of a wide range of small-scale systems. This talk will present recent research in these and related areas from the Micropower and Nanoengineering Laboratory at MIT. In the MEMS area, the talk will primarily address systems, such as high power MEMS components for lasers. Assembly and applications of large systems of nanoscale components will be addressed as well, including the presentation of techniques for assembling systems of microstructures or cells and discussion of recent experimental and theoretical work on the storage of elastic energy in carbon nanotube springs.
- Nano@Tech Lecture Series