Music of the microspheres: eigenvalue problems from micro-gyro design.
David Bindel (CS, Cornell)

In 1890, G. H. Bryan demonstrated that when a ringing wine glass rotates, the shape of the vibration pattern precesses, and this effect is the basis for a family of high-precision gyroscopes. Mathematically, the precession can be described in terms of a symmetry-breaking perturbation due to gyroscopic effects of a geometrically degenerate pair of vibration modes. Unfortunately, current attempts to miniaturize these gyroscope designs are subject to fabrication imperfections that also break the device symmetry. In this talk, we describe how these devices work and our approach to accurate and efficient simulations of both ideal device designs and designs subject to fabrication imperfections.