University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Development of Micro-optical Devices for In Situ Nanometrology

Development of Micro-optical Devices for In Situ Nanometrology
Aaron Birkbeck
UC San Diego

Date: Friday, March 16, 2007
Time: 11:00am
Location: A265 Bourns Hall 

A requisite cornerstone to the burgeoning field of nanotechnology is the ability to conduct measurements at these dimensions, to characterize the materials, and to elucidate the structure and nature of novel assemblies and devices such as carbon nanotubes and molecular motors. In addition, it has become increasing imperative to execute these nanoscale measurements in situ since the functionalities of many nanoscale devices are highly dependent upon the constancy of their surrounding environment. For this purpose, a new technology has been developed that functionally integrates arrays of lasers and micro-optical devices into microfluidic systems for the purpose of performing nanometrological measurements on fluid-bound nano-objects and biomaterials.  As compared to the current state of art, our all-optical design methodology has several distinguishing features, such as parallelism, high efficiency, low power, auto-alignment, and high yield fabrication methods, all of which contribute to a low cost, highly effective method of in situ nanometrology.

About the speaker:

Dr. Aaron Birkbeck received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering / Applied Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 2004.  For the past three years, Dr. Birkbeck has held a joint appointment as an assistant professor of biophysics at La Sierra University and as a project scientist at the UCSD Jacob's School of Engineering, where he was involved in the institution of the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE). Dr. Birkbeck's primary research interests lie in the development of in situ nanometrological methods applicable to biologically-based devices, structures, and systems.
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