MEMS Seminar: Microsystems Enabled Applications : PV, Tues. Nov 3, 4-5pm in Allen-101X

Robert Hennessy rhenn at
Mon Nov 2 11:38:33 PST 2009

MEMS Seminar Announcement:

Tuesday November 3, 2009
4 - 5 pm
Allen-101X (formerly known as CISX-101)

Microsystems Enabled Applications : PV 

Murat Okandan, Ph.D. 
Principal Member of Technical Staff 
Advanced MEMS Department
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Microsystems have been under development for many decades and have found  applications in a wide variety of places.  Metrics for success in these applications have been tied to improved performance, reduced costs and enabling of new approaches rather than solely the smaller size scale of the new devices.  This talk will briefly touch on some of the new devices and microsystems that are being developed at Sandia, such as devices for seismic monitoring, neural probes, components of an artificial retina, ultra-fast shock sensors, front-end CMOS integrated silicon nanowires and an atomic magnetometer.  Another very exciting project, which at first look would not benefit from microsystems approaches, is photovoltaics.  We have been developing a new manufacturing approach based on microsystems fabrication techniques which leverages the strengths of crystalline silicon devices and has the potential to lower costs below what is possible with standard crystalline silicon or thin film manufacturing techniques while enabling new form factors and deployment options.  And, there will be plenty of time available after the seminar to talk about gliders and soaring. 

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