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This research project focuses on investigating the mechanisms used by geckos to quickly and sturdily climb on walls/ceilings/varied surfaces. By using simple models, we can better understand the phenomena at play, and utilize this understanding to design and fabricate synthetic adhesive devices which function similarly.
This project is focused on the design of passive MEMS-based low-power frequency dividers using the nonlinear response of coupled resonators.
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.