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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

MEMS/NEMS Resonators

Location

Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Physics Division

RO# Location
50.68.31.B8393 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Gorman, Jason J. gorman@nist.gov 301.975.3446

Description

Micro- and nanoelectromechanical (MEMS/NEMS) resonators are used in many critical applications including radio frequency (RF) filtering, timing, and sensing. This project investigates a broad range of topics related to the continued development of RF MEMS/NEMS resonators. New tools are being developed to better understand the physics of resonators, particularly optical instruments that can measure the motion of micro- and nanostructures with bandwidth exceeding 10 GHz. These tools, among others, are used to investigate device physics, such as energy dissipation mechanisms and their relation to quality factor, transduction efficiency, and nonlinear dynamics. Several resonator geometries are being developed that combine low-loss mechanical design, unique materials, and electrostatic, electrothermal, and piezoelectric actuation. These resonators are being applied to applications in mass and force sensing, biochemical sensing, embedded clocks, and quantum-limited measurements.

 

Keywords:
MEMS; NEMS; Microelectromechanical systems; Nanoelectromechanical systems; Resonator; Sensor; Quality factor; Mass sensing; Force sensing; Biochemical sensing;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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