Thursday, October 09, 2008

If your MEMS is jamming up, blame it on stiction


'Stiction' sounds like a word that George W. might have invented. Actually, it is another term for the quantum-mechanical stickiness observed in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Stiction (seemingly a combo of 'sticky' and 'friction') is caused by the Casimir effect, named after the Dutch theoretical physicist Hendrik Casimir. IEEE Spectrum reports that researchers at Los Alamos think they may have a solution.

(Yeah, I mostly posted about this because it sounds funny :shrug:)