Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory
Researchers fabricate sensors and electronics for NASA missions in the Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory, a class 100 cleanroom located at NASA Glenn. These sensors and electronics can withstand extremely harsh conditions, such as those found in the hot sections of aircraft engines or on the surface of Venus. Electronics fabricated at NASA Glenn using silicon carbide have performed for thousands of hours at 930 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the cleanroom, the air is filtered to remove dust particles. This prevents contamination of sensitive material. The temperature and humidity are precisely controlled to make fabrication processes highly repeatable.
Photographer: Marvin Smith (WYLE)