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Speckle metrology in the nanoworld, as it is perceived today, and how it may affect industry
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Paper Abstract

My memory goes back to my early collage studies that were almost entirely on the scale of "macroworld", as we practiced/perceived it some four decades ago. Since that time things have changed a lot constantly decreasing the scales of interest, at times at rather rapid pace, with monumental advances leading to the scales we work with today and plan for tomorrow. During that change/transition there were "meso" and "micro" developments characterized by changes in scales/sizes of things of interest. Today's scale of interest is "nano" and we are already not only working with "picotechnology", but are even reaching beyond while constantly "planning and projecting" the scales/worlds of the future. Advancement of any technology, especially new emerging ones as we witness/experience them today, is facilitated by the use of all available solution strategies. One of the emerging strategies that affect almost anything currently being developed and/or used, in the today's nanoworld, is based on recent advances of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Today MEMS affect almost everything we do from household appliances, via cars we drive and planes that whisk us from continent to continent, to spaceships used for search of/and exploration of other worlds. The modern microsensors are also used to explore for and produce petroleum products that are used in multitude of today's applications. To facilitate these advances a great majority of MEMS is used in the form of sensors. However development of MEMS in general and sensors in particular poses one of the greatest challenges in today's experimental mechanics. Among MEMS, the greatest contemporary interest is in the area of inertial sensors because they have numerous uses ranging from everyday applications to highly specialized ones, including many industrial platforms. As such they have tremendous potential to affect future of humanity. However, advances in MEMS, such as pressure and temperature sensors as well as gyroscopes and accelerometers, require the use of computational modeling and simulation coupled/combined with physical measurements. This author believes that successful combination of computer aided design (CAD) and multiphysics as well as multiscale simulation tools with the state-of-the-art (SOTA) measurement methodology will contribute to reduction of high prototyping costs, long product development cycles, and time-tomarket pressures while developing new sensors with nanoscale characteristics for various applications we use now and those that we will need in the future. In our approach we combine/hybridize a unique, fully integrated, software environment for multiscale, multiphysics, high fidelity analysis of the contemporary sensors with the SOTA optoelectronic laser interferometric microscope (OELIM) methodology, which is based on recent developments in speckle. The speckle-based OELIM methodology allows remote, noninvasive, full-field-of-view (FFV) measurements of deformations with high spatial resolution, nanometer accuracy, and in near real-time. In this paper, both, the software environment and the OELIM methodology are described and their applications are illustrated with representative examples demonstrating viability of the completely autonomous computer-based procedures for the development of contemporary sensors with nanocharacteristics suitable for the advancement of new evolving technologies that will shape our future. This process is demonstrated using devices of contemporary interest. The preliminary examples demonstrate capability of our approach to quantitatively determine effects of static and dynamic loads on the performance of sensors. In addition, potential economic rewards of the technology, projected into near future, will also be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7387, Speckle 2010: Optical Metrology, 73870L (14 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.877497
Show Author Affiliations
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7387:
Speckle 2010: Optical Metrology
Armando Albertazzi Goncalves; Guillermo H. Kaufmann, Editor(s)

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