2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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Mechanical characterization of electrostatic MEMS switches

F. Souchon, A. Koszewski, D. Levy, PL. Charvet

MEMS, nanoindentation, stiffness, gap height, mechanical model

The paper presents a methodology with nanoindentation experiments to characterize the mechanical properties of MEMS switches. After that, simple analytical models for mechanical and electrostatic aspects are used to validate these mechanical characterizations. At the end, the electrostatic behavior of switches are well-understood thanks to the mechanical charaterizations. the complete abstract is avalaible in a pdf file

Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract