Nano and Micro Systems
Advances in nano and microtechnologies drive development of electronics and sensors in our everyday lives, Earth and planetary exploration, industry, and defense.
Nano and microtechnology efforts in the MDL focus on miniature system development activities for various customers, including NASA, the Department of Defense, and commercial entities. Development of the following technologies continues: advanced microgyroscopes, carbon nanotube and microsensor technologies for harsh-environment electronics, and advanced miniature tools for space exploration, as well as defense and commercial uses. In recent times, process optimization to achieve repeatability and robustness of new devices developed to address customer needs has taken a central role. This has started new research activities in hybrid micro assembly, custom packaging of integrated micro and nano components, and automation of postprocessing operations.