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New Materials and New Processes for MEMS Applications

  • J.-Å. Schweitz (a1), K. Larsson (a1), G. Thornell (a1), H. Björkman (a1) and F. Nikolajeff (a1)...

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The field of “non-silicon MEMS” is today rapidly expanding. The reasons are numerous: silicon has a limited functionality in many MEMS applications; the toolbox for micromaching of non-silicon materials is steadily growing in size and versatility; the price level of a variety of other advanced materials for MEMS has become more competitive etc. This development is here illustrated by a number of examples from a wide variety of materials classes, methods for synthesis and microprocessing, and fields of application. Among these examples are high-aspect ratio processing of different materials by ion track technology (MITE) and deep ion projection lithography (DIPL); laser microprocessing and free-space 3D laser writing; high-precision 3D diamond replicas from microstructured silicon masters; and microreplication in polymeric materials for microoptics and microsystems technology.

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