We study phenomena and effects which can be utilized to sense weak magnetic fields by engineered systems. Possible mechanisms and phenomena utilized by living systems are outlined and discussed. Assuming the macroscopic device physics, it is found that only fluidic engineered devices can typify a magnetoreception premise believed be utilized by some living systems. It is found that the mechanical properties of silicon-technology solid devices may not coherently utilize possible behavioral transitions and functionality exhibited by natural systems. Hybrid microdevices is an alternative solution which we examine in details. Fundamental, applied, experimental and technological findings are reported.

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Proc. IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Arlington, TX, 2008. Copyright 2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. ISBN: 978-1-4244-2103-9Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Conference Proceeding

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Microelectronic Engineering (KGCOE)


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