H. Cabrera, D. A. Zanin, L. G. De Pietro, A. Vindigni, U. Ramsperger, D. Pescia
Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
In our recent experiments we are revisiting the topografiner technology for the imaging of surface topography with a resolution of a few nanometers. In these new technique called Near-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (NFESEM), low-energy electrons are emitted from a polycrystalline tungsten tip via electric-field assisted tunneling. In order to characterize and improve the ...
F. Wittbracht, A. Weddemann, A. Auge, and A. Hütten
Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
In this work, we show that dipolar magnetic coupling can be used to control the particle flow through microfluidic structures without changing the state of motion of the carrier liquid. Also no external magnetic gradient fields are employed; the total external magnetic force applied is therefore zero. The theoretical idea will be tested experimentally. Here, additional effects originating from ...
R. Berthelon , D. Dutartre , F. Andrieu 
 STMicroelectronics, France
 CEA Leti, France
The integration of high level of stress in field effect transistors is performed through incorporation of intrinsically strained SiGe layers. With the help of COMSOL simulations, we performed two studies addressing the level of stress in the area of interest. In the first case, we analyzed the geometric effects of the SiGe film stress relaxation on the edges. In a second time, we studied the ...
S. Baskaran, S. Thiruvannamalai, N. Ramachandran, F.M. Sebastian, and J.Y. Fu
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 ...
H. Lee, and J.V. Clark
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
In this paper we present a method to mitigate the effect of thermally-induced noise in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) through a force feedback circuit. Inherent noise-induced vibrations, which would be inconsiderable in macro scale, are considered as a limitation in micro- and nano- scale since it diminishes the high performance of MEMS devices. For instance, depending on the stiffness ...
H. T. D. Grigg, and B. J. Gallacher
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, UK
This paper presents ongoing research aimed at development of a MEMS magnetometer capable of nanoTesla sensitivity. Such a device would pave the way for inertial-grade MEMS IMUs. A resonant sensor is proposed, based on a Xylophone Bar sense element, and is analysed both directly and via COMSOL. Mode shapes and frequencies are found as functions of geometric parameters, and the results used ...
Kinetic Investigation of a Mechanism for Generating Microstructures on Polycrystalline Substrates Using an Electroplating Process
T. Soares, H. Mozaffari, H. Reinecke
Universität Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, BW, Germany
Hochschule Furtwangen, Tuttlingen, BW, Germany
The purpose of this study is to understand the growth mechanism of copper (Cu) films on a Cu-Zn system substrate with a pre-defined pattern. The pattern was defined by conducting a selective etching process on a two-phase polycrystalline substrate. As a result of this process, there were etched regions correspondent to beta-phase crystals and quasi non-etched regions that belong to alpha-phase ...
O. Myers , M. Anjanappa , and C. Freidhoff 
 Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
 University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA
 Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronics Systems Sector, Baltimore, MD, USA
This paper presents a methodology towards designing, analyzing and optimizing piezoelectric interdigitated microactuators using COMSOL Multiphysics. The models used in this study were based on a circularly interdigitated design that takes advantage of primarily the d33 electromechanical piezoelectric constant coefficient. Because of the symmetric nature of the devices, 2D axisymmetric models ...
PAL University of Science and Technology, China
Linear motor has a lot of applications, such as magnetic levitation train, electromagnetic weapons. It is a very important research significance. We established a three-dimensional model of linear motor to calculate the magnetic field lines and flux density distribution, and got the electromagnetic force too. We compared the results of simulation using COMSOL and experiment under different ...
L. Teresi, V. Varano
LaMS - Modelling & Simulation Lab, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy
Nematic Elastomers (NEs) possess both the elastic properties of rubbers and the orientational properties of liquid crystals. Those two properties makes the configuration of NEs very sensitive to isotropic-nematic phase transition. Our goal is to replicate with numerical experiments the phenomena of shape formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers (TNEs): a flat bar evolves into a helicoidal shape ...