About this Research Topic
As scientific and technological boundaries are continually pushed further, the need to probe the world around us at the micro/nanometer level is ever increasing. More and more technological and scientific discoveries are underpinned by our ability to accurately manipulate matter at these minute scales. A well-known example of such a system is the Scanning Probe Microscope which investigates the sample-under-test by actually ‘feeling’ it rather than ‘seeing’ it as traditional optical microscopes do. Precise positioning is the key enabling technology for such scientific and technological systems and consequently, has emerged as a key research area under the broader umbrella of Mechatronics
A number of diverse branches of engineering contribute to the current thrust in perfecting our ability to precisely position / manipulate matter in the nanometer realm. The mechanical design of the positioning device, the low-noise power sources and conditioning electronics, high-fidelity signal processing, robust and yet flexible control algorithms and high-resolution sensors; all play an important role in the improvement of the current state-of-the-art for positioning systems. These aspects in turn, lead to the formulation of new control strategies, the discovery of new smart materials, the realisation of a new positioner geometry or an actuation strategy and drive the improvements in sensors, actuators and drive electronics that impact a much broader aspect of science and technology.
This focused Research Topic aims to attract submissions that report advances in any of these and other areas that lead to an advancement in the state-of-the-art in precision positioning, mainly at the micrometer and nanometer scales. Potential areas include novel precision manipulators, micro-grippers, micro and nanopositioners, MEMS-based positioners, novel actuator and sensor designs, sensor fusion schemes, linear and nonlinear control strategies, trajectory command shaping, improvements in A/D and D/A devices enabling high resolution signal flow and signal processing aimed at delivering improved positioning performance.
Keywords: Micro/Nanopositioning, MEMS/NEMS, Sensors, Actuators, Control
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