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NIST - A Position-Sensing Platform the Size of a Grain of Sand

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Researchers from the National Institute of Science and Technology's (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) and the University of Maryland have developed a fully integrated microelectromechanical system (MEMS) position-sensing platform, shown here in a scanning electron microscope image courtesy of CNST's Vladimir Aksyuk. The platform is a fiber-pigtailed, low-power, compact, and stable microsystem capable of measuring position displacement at the femtometer level (10-15 meter, a quadrillionth of a meter, the length scale of an atomic nucleus). Their technology is compatible with low-cost batch fabrication, and may enable the development of compact, field-deployable devices for precision manufacturing and navigation applications.
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