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Surface acoustic wave experts meet in Dresden

From 1 to 2 October 2018 the international "Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor & Actuator Symposium 2018" takes place in Dresden.

The symposium provides a platform for scientific exchange of ideas and informs partners from science and industry about new research results as well as innovative applications in the field of surface acoustic waves (SAW). SAW components made a triumphal cross-over which began with high-frequency filters in telecommunications. Meanwhile, they are among the key components of modern industrial society and are also used in the areas of "industry 4.0" and "smart home" and in research, for example in microfluidics or to monitor and control processes where other technologies due to harsh environmental conditions or constructional reasons are not suitable.

Beside the established field of SAW sensors, a special focus of this year’s symposium is the application of SAW technology for microactuators. These novel components are increasingly used for mixing and atomizing, as acoustic micro-tweezers or for the transport of liquids or fine droplets in the field of microfluidics. Radio-readable SAW sensors, for example for gas, pressure, force or temperature measurement, the associated readers and antennas as well as highly sensitive sensors for biomolecules remain in the focus of the symposium. The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW) hosts a special competence and application center on surface acoustic wave technology, called SAWLab Saxony.

The SAW Symposium, which has been established internationally since 2010, will be the second time jointly organized by IFW Dresden / SAWLab-Saxony, SAW Components Dresden GmbH and Silicon Saxony e. V.  

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Dr. Hagen Schmidt / Dr. Siegfried Menzel
IFW Dresden/SAWLab Saxony

SAW-based micro-actuator for liquid atomization, Photo: SAWLab Saxony / IFW Dresden

SAW-based micro-actuator for liquid atomization, Photo: SAWLab Saxony / IFW Dresden