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Use of Radiation Pressure to Calibrate Sub Micro-Newton Forces and Damping Ratios

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Khawar Abbas, Seyedhamidreza Alaie, Mani Hossein-Zadeh, Zayd C. Leseman

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Paper No. IMECE2010-38984, pp. 57-61; 5 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Micro and Nano Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4447-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


We present a noncontact method to calibrate micro/nanostructures using sub-nN forces. In this work, a microcantilever’s material properties as well as damping ratio are determined using two independent laser systems. A continuous wave laser system is used as a heterodyne interferometer to determine displacements while another laser system is pulsed in order to produce radiation pressure. A noncontact method is preferred while calibrating sub-μN forces since no material is transferred between the calibrating apparatus and (NEMS/MEMS) to be calibrated. The incidence force is calculated from the optical properties of Si cantilever. Simulations presented in this work shows that thermal gradient along the length of the cantilever beam is very small to affect its physical properties due to the difference in time scales on which both operate.

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