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- PublicationDielectric charge control in electrostatic MEMS positioners / varactorsA new dynamical closed-loop method is proposed to control dielectric charging in capacitive MEMS positioners/ varactors for enhanced reliability and robustness. Instead of adjusting the magnitude of the control voltage to compensate the drift caused by the dielectric charge, the method uses a feedback loop to maintain it at a desired level: the device capacitance is periodically sampled and bipolar pulses of constant magnitude are applied. Specific models describing the dynamics of charge and a control map are introduced. Validation of the proposed method is accomplished both through discrete-time simulations and with experiments using MEMS devices that suffer from dielectric charging.
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