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Simultaneous On-Chip Sensing and Actuation Using the Thermomechanical In-Plane Microactuator

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3 Author(s)
Waterfall, T.L. ; Lands'' End Inc., Dodgeville, WI ; Teichert, K.B. ; Jensen, Brian D.

Many applications in microelectromechanical systems require physical actuation for implementation or operation. On-chip sensors would allow control of these actuators. This paper presents experimental evidence showing that a certain class of thermal actuators can be used simultaneously as an actuator and a sensor to control the actuator's force or displacement output. By measuring the current and voltage supplied to the actuator, a one-to-one correspondence is found between a given voltage and current and a measured displacement or force. This integrated sensor/actuator combination will lead to efficient on-chip control of motion for applications including microsurgery, biological cell handling, and optic positioning.

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Microelectromechanical Systems, Journal of  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 5 )