Wireless micro swimming machine with magnetic thin film

Aya Yamazaki, Masahiko Sendoh, Kazushi Ishiyama, Ken Ichi Arai, Ryutaro Kato, Masaki Nakano, Hirotoshi Fukunaga

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As the magnetic micro-machines are driven by a magnetic field, they require no power supply cables, no batteries, and no controlling systems on the machine body. We fabricated the spiral-type micro-machine (outer diameter; 0.14 mm, length; 1.0 mm) by a tungsten wire (φ 20 μm). NdFeB film magnet was deposited on the spiral-machine by the PLD method. In the experiment, the wireless micro-machine swam at the speed of 0.2-1.6mm/s. This result indicated that the spiral shape was suitable for miniature swimming machine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1741-e1742
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May


  • Magnetic micro-machine
  • Magnetic thin film
  • Reynolds number
  • Rotating magnetic field
  • Spiral structure


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