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A Nanoscale Electromechanical Contact Switch for Logic Applications

C.C. Huang and K.L. Ekinci
Boston University, US

Keywords: nano-electro-mechanical systems, nano-electro-mechanical switch, mechanical logic

Abstract:
Here, we describe the operation of a nano-electro-mechanical contact switch. The switch design relies on a sharp contact tip integrated to a compliant nanomechanical beam. When the beam is actuated electrostatically, the tip establishes intimate electrical contact between two electrodes. A preliminary contact switch was fabricated on a Si3N4 membrane using optical lithography, electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. Its quasi-static operation was subsequently demonstrated.

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