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Welcome to the Mechanics of Microscale Systems Lab at UCSB!

The focus of Prof. Kimberly Foster’s group is in understanding the physics of microscale devices from experimental dynamic motion behavior of the system. We design, model, analyze and experimentally characterize the dynamics of various MEMS devices.

Present research involves understanding the non-linear and parametric dynamics of MEMS devices and in utilizing the unique properties of such dynamics in small scale to implement novel designs for various applications like switches, sensors and filters. Work is also being done in investigating and fabricating gecko-like adhesive material.

A primary experimental capability of the lab is the laser vibrometer measurement setup which is capable of resolving motion up to ~4nm and a temperature controllable (~80K-300K) vacuum chamber.