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Mechanically compliant magnetic field sensor technologies
Extending 2D structures into 3D space has become a general trend in multiple disciplines including electronics, photonics, and magnetics. This approach provides means to enrich conventional or to launch novel functionalities by tailoring curvature and 3D shape. We study 3D curved magnetic thin films and nanowires where new fundamental effects emerge from the interplay of the geometry of an object and topology of a magnetic sub-system [1-3]. On the other hand, we explore the application potential of 3D magnetic architectures for the realization of mechanically shapeable magnetoelectronics  for automotive but also virtual and augmented reality appliances [5-7]. In this respect, we will present technological platforms allowing to realize not only mechanically imperceptible electronic skins, which enable perception of the geomagnetic field (e-skin compasses) , but also enable sensitivities down to ultra-small fields of sub-200 nT . We demonstrate that e-skin compasses allow humans to orient with respect to earth’s magnetic field ubiquitously. Furthermore, biomagnetic orientation enables novel interactive devices for virtual and augmented reality applications. We showcase this by realizing touchless control of virtual units in a game engine using omnidirectional magnetosensitive skins. This concept was further extended by demonstrating a compliant magnetic microelectromechanical platform (m-MEMS), which is able to transduce both tactile (via mechanical pressure) and touchless (via magnetic field) stimulations simultaneously and discriminate them in real time . Those devices are crucial for interactive electronics, human-machine interfaces, but also for the realization of smart soft robotics with highly compliant integrated feedback system as well as in medicine for physicians and surgeons. In this talk, recent fundamental and technological advancements in this novel research field will be reviewed.
 R. Streubel, DM et al., Magnetism in curved geometries. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. (Review) 49, 363001 (2016).
 D. Sander, DM et al., The 2017 magnetism roadmap. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. (Review) 50, 363001 (2017).
 O. M. Volkov, DM et al., Experimental observation of exchange-driven chiral effects in curvilinear magnetism. Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 077201 (2019).
 D. Makarov et al., Shapeable magnetoelectronics. Appl. Phys. Rev. (Review) 3, 011101 (2016).
 G. S. Cañón Bermúdez, DM et al., Magnetosensitive e-skins with directional perception for augmented reality. Science Advances 4, eaao2623 (2018).
 G. S. Cañón Bermúdez, DM et al., Electronic-skin compasses for geomagnetic field driven artificial magnetoception and interactive electronics. Nature Electronics 1, 589 (2018).
 J. Ge, DM et al., A bimodal soft electronic skin for tactile and touchless interaction in real time. Nature Communications 10, 4405 (2019).
 P. Granell, DM et al., Highly compliant planar Hall effect sensor with sub 200 nT sensitivity. npj Flexible Electronics 3, 3 (2019).
Keywords: flexible electronics; shapeable magnetoelectronics
Seminar at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 13.10.2020, Karlsruhe, Germany