In our technological society there is an ongoing demand for a better price-performance ratio of all kind of appliances, tools, utensils, instruments and machines. Recent advances in the technology of sensors and actuators have much contributed to the fulfilment of these demands. Many modern systems and products are now equipped with electronic sensors and actuators, resulting in sophisticated functionality and novel applications.
The demand for such new devices initiated worldwide research and development programs in the field of sensors and actuators. Many generic technologies have been examined, from which the thin- and thick-film, glass fibre, metal oxides, polymers, quartz and silicon technologies are the most important. In particular silicon and related technology allows the construction of small-sized devices, and even complex systems in which various functions (sensing, signal processing, actuation) are all integrated.
As the development of a scientific field expands, the need for handbooks arises, wherein the information that appeared earlier in journals and conference proceedings is systematically and selectively presented.
The handbook of sensors and actuators was started in 1994 and contains the most meaningful background material that is important for researchers in the field. The series comprises one- and multi-author handbooks. Great care is given to the selection of the authors and editors. They are all well-known scientists in the field of sensors and actuators and have impressive international reputations.
Titles on thick film sensors, magnetic sensors, intelligent sensors, semiconductor sensors, mercury cadmium telluride imagers and micromechanical systems have been published. Coverage of subjects such as pressure sensors, radiation sensors, microsystems technology, piezoelectric sensors, robot sensors and accelerometers will soon follow. The series will also be covering important topics in the chemical and biochemical sensors areas, and particular application fields.
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