Image-based magnetic control of paramagnetic microparticles in water

Jasper D. Keuning, Jeroen de Vries, Leon Abelmann, Sarthak Misra

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    This paper describes the design of a system for controlling the position of spherical paramagnetic microparticles that have an average diameter of 100 µm. The focus of this study lies in designing and implementing a system that uses microscopic images and electromagnets. Preliminary experiments have been done to verify the feasibility of the system to track and control the position of these particles. A vibrating sample magnetometer was used to determine the magnetic moment of the particles. Finite element method simulations were used to verify the magnetic behavior of the designed setup. The system was used to position the particles within 8.4µm of a setpoint, achieving speeds of up to 235µm s−1. We also demonstrated that the particle could follow a circular and a figure-eight path.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
    Place of PublicationUSA
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)2153-0858
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2011
    Event2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2011 - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: 25 Sept 201130 Sept 2011

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    PublisherIEEE Robotics and Automation Society
    ISSN (Print)2153-0858


    Conference2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2011
    Abbreviated titleiros
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco
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    • METIS-285101
    • EWI-21452
    • TST-uSPAM: micro Scanning Probe Array Memory
    • IR-79597

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