This paper investigates the technique of optical actuation of MEMS. It is shown that a device can be driven into all of its vibrational modes simply and non-destructively by a laser pulse, making this an ideal actuation methodology for device characterization at the wafer level. This actuation method is shown to be comparable to a mechanical impulse actuation.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2004 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Published: March 7, 2004
Pages: 394 - 397
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: MEMS & NEMS Devices, Modeling & Applications