DFG Research Unit MUSIK

The key constituents of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are mechanically flexible devices on the micrometre scale, where the mechanical motions can be excited and detected by electrical signals. The DFG Research Unit MUSIK aims at including the basic functions of MEMS at high frequencies, such as amplifying, controlling, oscillating, and switching, into the design of complex radio frequency (RF) circuits. Through the combination of micro-electronic and micro-mechanic properties at device, circuit, and system levels, a novel circuit technology “RF micromechatronics” is made accessible. As a consequence, the research focus on RF-MEMS is steered from the technology and single-device levels to an application-oriented system level, e.g., for mobile communications.