Tags: nano electro-mechanical systems

Description

Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS) are tiny machines built at the nanometer scale. Current NEMS applications are simple machines, such as the tiny cantilever shown at the right. An electrical circuit measures the deflection of the lever. A larger version of this device, with dimensions at the micrometer or millimeter scale, is commonly used as an airbag sensor in automobiles. A sudden stop causes a strong deflection of the lever, which signals that the airbags should be deployed. At the nano scale, such a lever is sensitive enough to measure the weight of individual atoms or molecules resting upon it.

Learn more about NEMS from the resources available on this site, listed below.

Online Presentations (81-82 of 82)

  1. Quantum Electromechanical Systems: Are we there yet?

    05 Feb 2004 | | Contributor(s):: Andrew Cleland

    Electrons moving in a conductor can transfer momentum to the lattice via collisions with impurities and boundaries, giving rise to a fluctuating mechanical stress tensor. Driving electrons out of equilibrium by applying the voltage across the conductor, one may control this electromechanical noise.

  2. Nanoelectronics/Mechanics With Carbon Nanotubes

    26 Feb 2004 |

    In this talk, I will present efforts to understand electrical/mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by combining electric transport measurements and the scanning probe microscopy.