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DNA Interactions in Crowded Nanopores - new

K. Misiunas[1], N. Laohakunakorn[1], S. Ghosal[2], O. Otto[1], U. F. Keyser[1]
[1]University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
[2]Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

The motion of DNA in crowded environments is a common theme in physics and biology. Examples include gel electrophoresis and the self-interaction of DNA within cells and viral capsids. Here we study the interaction of multiple DNA molecules within a nanopore by tethering the DNA to a bead held in a laser optical trap to produce a "molecular tug-of-war". We measure this tether force as a function ...

Droplet Generation by Means of a Two-Fluid Probe

B.P. Cahill[1], M. Quade[1], G. Gastrock[1], K. Lemke[1], J. Metze[1], and D. Beckmann[1]

[1]Institut für Bioprozess und Analysenmesstechnik e.V., Rosenhof, Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany

This paper presents a simulation of the operation of a new type of droplet generation probe. This probe, consisting of two concentrically-arranged tubings, is immersed in a beaker of cell medium so that oil is pumped through the outer tubing at a pumping speed less than fluid is drawn into the inner tubing. In this way, droplets of cell medium are entrained into the outlet tubing forming a ...

Detection of Magnetic Particles by Magnetoresistive Sensors

A. Weddemann[1], A. Auge[1], F. Wittbracht[1], C. Albon[1], and A. Hütten[1]
[1]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In this work, we demonstrate the implementation of the micromagnetic equations for the description of ferromagnetic thin films in COMSOL Multiphysics®. We apply our model to magnetoresistive sensors consisting of several soft ferromagnetic layers and their response to magnetic particles. The magnetization dynamic of the particles needs to be described in a similar manner, though due to size ...

Design of Traveling Wave Ultrasonic Vibration Disk for Nano-particles in Liquid Dispersion

J. Muraoka, and T. Suzuki
Yamagata Research Institute of Technology

The traveling wave ultrasonic vibration disks for dispersion of particles were designed by using of FEM analysis. The vibration disks are required specific vibration pattern, which contains three nodal lines. The vibration disk thickness was calculated to be matched the resonance frequency of bolted langevin type transducer and the specific vibration pattern. The alignment of the transducer was ...

Mechanical Model of RF MEMS Capacitor Structures

R. Chatim[1]
[1]University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany

In order to design an RF MEMS based device, it is beneficial to have information concerning mechanical behavior. For model verification purpose, solution offered by simulation software equipped with predefined physics application is one valuable way to provide initial reference. To avoid unwanted particular total strain in RF MEMS structures, a compensation layer can be utilized. When the number ...

Optimization and Simulation of MEMS Based Thermal Sensor for Performance of Transformer Oil

V. Vijayalakshmi[1], K. C. Devi[1]
[1]PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

In this work, a bimetallic strip based thermal sensor was designed using MEMS module of COMSOL Multiphysics® software to monitor the temperature rise in insulating oil which was used as coolant in transformers. The bimetallic strip was designed with different shapes such as cylindrical, rectangle, square & conical and different compositions such as Al/Steel Alloy and Fe/Cu which can withstand ...

Modeling and Characterization of Superconducting MEMS for Microwave Applications in Radioastronomy

N. Al Cheikh[1], P. Xavier[1], J. Duchamp[1], and K. Schuster[2]
[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Grenoble, France
[2]Institute of Millimetrics Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France

Superconducting GHz electronics circuits are frequently used in Radio Astronomy instrumentation. The features of these instrumentations can be significantly improved by using tuneable capacitances, which can be realized by electrically actuated, micromechanical bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium (Nb). In order to analyze the electromechanical behavior of such devices and the ...

The Fabrication of a New Actuator Based on the Flexoelectric Effect

S. Baskaran[1], S. Thiruvannamalai[1], N. Ramachandran[1], F.M. Sebastian[1], and J.Y. Fu[1]
[1]State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

This paper presents a novel methodology towards the design, analysis, and the fabrication process involved in developing a cost effective method to create a piezoelectric actuator by means of the flexoelectric effect. The basic physical equations of the flexoelectric effect and the qualitative analysis of the flexoelectric actuator are done using COMSOL Multiphysics. This effect is used to align ...

A Modular Platform for Cell Characterization, Handling, and Sorting by Dielectrophoresis

S. Burgarella[1], B. Dell’Anna[2], V. Perna[1], G. Zarola[2], and S. Merlo[2]

[1]STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, MI, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Elettronica, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a method for cell manipulation without physical contact in lab-on-chip devices, since it exploits the dielectric properties of cells suspended in a microfluidic sample, under the action of locally generated high-gradient electric fields. The DEP platform that has been developed offers an integrated solution for customizable applications. Several functional units, ...

COMSOL API Based Toolbox for the Mixed-Level Modeling of Squeeze-Film Damping in MEMS: Simulation and Experimental Validation

M. Niessner[1], G. Schrag[1], J. Iannacci[2], and G. Wachutka[1]
[1]Institute for Physics of Electrotechnology, Munich University of Technology, Munich, Germany
[2]MEMS Research Unit, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo di Trento, Italy

We present an easy-to-use toolbox for the automated generation of reduced-order mixed-level models for the evaluation of squeeze-film damping in microelectromechanical systems. The toolbox is programmed in JAVA and heavily exploits the functionality provided by the COMSOL API. The results obtained from mixed-level model simulation performed in COMSOL Multiphysics agree very well with ...