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Nano & Micro Systems

The past year has been the “delivery” year for nano and micro systems. This is the most satisfying aspect of applied research, where a new technology is nurtured from its conception to a field-test-ready product, or in some cases, a laboratory-proven product ready for the next bigger stage.

The past year has been the “delivery” year for nano and micro systems. This is the most satisfying aspect of applied research, where a new technology is nurtured from its conception to a field-test-ready product, or in some cases, a laboratory-proven product ready for the next bigger stage.

The year 2014 saw about five different technology-development efforts reach their planned culmination resulting in deliverables. MDL successfully delivered on a novel sample presence verification sensor concept for primitive-body sample-return missions; a functioning RF-powered sample-extraction system: the MicroExtractor, or µ-EX, for in situ planetary exploration instruments; a miniature vacuum triode that uses carbon nanotube field emitters and hybrid microassembly to drive an oscillator at high temperature for oil and gas industry application; micromachined, high-temperature-tolerant, robust capacitors for down-hole circuits for oil and gas industry application; and a functional laboratory prototype of a miniature stereo endoscope with panning capability for minimally invasive neurosurgery applications.

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