March 2006
New Scientist;3/18/2006, Vol. 189 Issue 2543, p52
The article focuses on microelectromechanical (MEM) devices that operate on the mesoscopic scale. A new generation of MEM machines that operate on the mesoscopic scale are beginning to enter people's everyday lives. Engineers need to understand the mesoscopic world to make them work reliably. A few of these devices are already making an impact. The accelerometers that trigger car air bags in a crash are MEM devices operating in the mesoscopic world. So are the chips in digital light projectors. These consist of an array of millions of tiny mirrors that move back and forth to steer beams of light onto a screen.


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