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The 2017 Napa Microsystems Workshop is the fourth workshop in the Transducer Research Foundation's Napa Institute Series. This west-coast workshop shares a common heritage with the TRF's highly-regarded Hilton Head Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop. The spirit of these workshops is to provide ample opportunities for discussion and networking along with a technical track of the highest quality. This year, the organizing committee has arranged for plenary presentations from acknowledged experts on emerging topics in optomechanics, nonlinear and nonreciprocal microsystems, topics which are well-aligned with major funding initiatives at DARPA and the NSF. These topics are highly relevant because the MEMS community is reaching the limits of linear operation across all frequency and size-scales. Drawing inspiration from recent breakthroughs in nonlinear photonics that have benefited fundamental and applied research and have had important commercial impact, we believe that nonlinear and nonreciprocal microsystems may have the same impact in the next five to ten years.

Keynote and invited speakers, together with workshop participants, will explore topics including:
  • Resonators for sensing, timing, and RF applications
  • Nonlinear and non-reciprocal devices
  • Parametric resonance in the optical, mechanical and acoustic domains
  • Optomechanics
  • Chip-scale magnetic microsystems
  • MEMS/NEMS logic for novel computing paradigms (neuromorphic, quantum, physical)
The workshop format will follow previous Napa Institute workshops: a core of keynote and invited speakers with expertise in the key areas above will be complemented by contributed talks and posters sharing the most recent and relevant scientific and technological developments. Meals, networking, and social events, including tasting the incomparable Napa Valley wines, will be an integral part of the workshop to promote networking and informal information exchange.

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