Accession Number : ADA310747

Title :   Structures and Techniques For Implementing and Packaging Complex, Large Scale Microelectromechanical Systems Using Foundry Fabrication Processes.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Comtois, John H.

PDF Url : ADA310747

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 479

Abstract : Microelectromechanical Systems, or 'MEMS' is a broad new field of research into devices that range in size from a few microns to a few millimeters. Much of the technology supporting MEMS research is borrowed from the microelectronics industry; so MEMS holds out the promise of batch fabrication of microminiaturized machines that can be easily integrated with electronics. This dissertation research investigated structures and methods for implementing and packaging complex, large scale microelectromechanical devices and systems using commercially available foundry fabrication processes. It specifies methods for creating and packaging large, complex MEM systems, allowing the exploration of new MEMS architectures at a higher level than was previously possible at research institutions with minimal in-house fabrication capabilities. Completely new areas of research were created, including hinged wiring and a class of devices powered by arrays of low voltage, high force thermal actuators. Throughout this dissertation, example applications of these methods are presented, including stepper motors and large optical systems for high density holographic data storage and aberration correction in optical communication systems. The research culminates in the successful creation of the first commercially fabricated multichip module integrating foundry fabricated MEMS and electronic die.

Descriptors :   *ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES, *INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, THERMAL PROPERTIES, OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, THESES, FABRICATION, STEPPER MOTORS, DIES, MICROELECTRONICS, PACKAGING, MACHINES, ACTUATORS, DISTORTION, BATCH PROCESSING, FOUNDRIES, MICROMINIATURIZATION.

Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE