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A micromechanical resonator is formed on a substrate. The resonator has a partial spherical shell clamped on an outside portion of the shell to the substrate. In other embodiments, a flat disc or other shape may be used. Movement is induced in a selected portion of the disc, inducing easily detectible out-of-plane motion. A laser is used in one embodiment to heat the selected portion of the disc and induce the motion. The motion may be detected by capacitive or interferometric techniques.