Dana Weinstein, a core faculty member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT and assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a 2010 Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office grants these awards annually to junior faculty conducting research in the areas of the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. The award is administered by DARPA's Defense Sciences Office and Microsystems Technology Office.
Weinstein and her MIT research group, the Hybrid Devices Lab, are working to develop innovative technologies for "more-than-Moore" devices. Their focus is on developing NEMS-enhanced electron devices to achieve high-Q, small footprint resonators at previously inaccessible frequencies with the capacity for direct integration in standard CMOS processes.
Weinstein’s group has demonstrated acoustic resonance in Silicon-based Independent Gate FinFETs at multi-GHz frequencies with frequency-quality factor products rivaling those of quartz. Investigation of fundamental limits of this technology and exploration into device optimization, integration, and control will provide circuit designers with basic building blocks for RF and mm-wave applications, including wireless communication, high-accuracy frequency sources for timing applications and navigation, and integrated temperature sensing in CMOS.