K. Misiunas, N. Laohakunakorn, S. Ghosal, O. Otto, U. F. Keyser
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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 ...
A. Corigliano, A. Courard, G. Cocchetti, P. Gagliardi, L. Magagnin, R. Vallauri, D. Acconcia
Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Technoprobe, Cernusco Lombardone, Italy
The paper presents recent results concerning the experimental mechanical characterization, the numerical modeling and the design of micro-needles used in the construction of probe heads for wafer testing. A fully coupled electro-thermal model was created using COMSOL and combined to a research-oriented thermo-mechanical Finite Element (FE) code in order to accurately reproduce the micro-needle ...
V. S. Nagaraja, Ramanuja H. S., Deepak K, S. L. Pinjare
Electronics and Communication Engineering, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
In this work, a MEMS based condenser microphone [1,2] using Polyimide as the diaphragm has been designed. The microphone structure has a backplate placed on top of the diaphragm. The backplate and the diaphragm are made up of polyimide. The two polyimide plates are separated by air gap which is achieved by using Aluminium as a sacrificial layer in between, which is etched away to create the air ...
N. Al Cheikh, P. Xavier, J. Duchamp, and K. Schuster
Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Grenoble, France
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 ...
University of Applied Sciences, Regensburg, Germany
This paper gives an overview of modelling microsensors on geometry and system level. The focus will be on the generation of the multiphysics reduced order system model and the coupling with package and ASIC models. The method is based on modal superposition. This means all the details of the sensor can be considered in a finite element model. The mechanical mode shapes of this model form the ...
Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
COMSOL Multiphysics software, when properly configured, can readily solve modeling problems in the laminar flow regime using the standard Navier-Stokes equations or in the fully turbulent flow regime using the kappa-epsilon model. Failure to solve a particular model is typically manifested by instability in the calculation and a failure of the model to converge. This paper presents a new ...
Variable Capacitance And Pull-In Voltage Analysis Of Electrically Actuated Meander-Suspended Superconducting MEMS
N. AlCheikh, P. Xavier, J.M. Duchamp, C.H. Boucher, and K. Schuster
Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Minatec, Grenoble, France
Institute of Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France
Variable capacitors between the fF and pF range are very interesting for high frequency applications like variable filters, resonators, etc. For radio astronomy applications variable capacitors, realized by electrostatically actuated, micromechanical Meanders-suspended bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium, have been measured to find C(V). A non plane capacitance behavior have been ...
Modeling Electric Fields in Slit Capillary Array Fluidic Actuators with Complex Electrode Geometries
J. Frey, A. Droitcour, D. Laser
Wave 80 Biosciences, San Francisco, CA, USA
With their small size, low manufacturing cost, fast transient response, and capacity to generate fluid power directly from small electrical power sources, microdevices incorporating electroosmostic flow (EOF) have wide-ranging applications, including newly developed high-performance bioassay systems suitable for use in resource-limited settings. We report on a class of EOF-based devices called ...
M. Maitra , H. B. Nemade , S. Kundu ,
 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India
The objective of this paper is to show the simulation of a piezoelectric thin film device and its application as a sensor. Piezoelectric aluminum nitride thin film clamped at two ends is simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics software. The device consists of the piezoelectric thin film suspended on a cavity etched on a silicon substrate. Two metal electrodes are placed at the two fixed sides of the ...
J. J. Ruz Martinez
Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid
The motion of a resonant NEMS has been widely studied for many different applications such as structural mechanics in engineering, ultra sensitive mass spectrometers or the well known Atomic Force Microscope. The study of the eigenfrequencies of such structures is very important, and nowadays there are good theoretical methods to accurately predict such eigenfrequencies. When a little mass is ...