Current driven magnetic actuation of a MEMS silicon beam in a transmission electron microscope

Nicolas Lobato-Dauzier, Matthieu Denoual, Takaaki Sato, Saeko Tachikawa, Laurent Jalabert, Hiroyuki Fujita

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Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System (MEMS) devices associated to Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM) have demonstrated their high potential for atomic resolution imaging of specimen while applying stress for mechanical testing. This paper introduces a novel actuation principle for the MEMS device in TEM relying on the internal magnetic field of the TEM and current flow through the device. The actuation principle is experimentally demonstrated in TEM and entirely modeled in the case of a silicon beam. The model is validated through static and dynamic experimental studies. The thermal side-effect of current flow is taken into account. The major advantages of the proposed magnetic actuation principle are the bidirectional control of the displacement of the device, the intrinsic linear displacement of the device with applied current and the potential milliNewton (mN) range force generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation


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