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Fish-bone-structured acoustic sensor toward silicon cochlear systems
Author(s): Muneo Harada; Naoki Ikeuchi; Shoichi Fukui; Shigeru Ando
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a micro mechanical acoustic sensor modeling the basilar membrane of the human cochlea. The skeleton of the acoustic sensor is an array of resonators each of specific frequency selectivity. The mechanical structure of the sensor is designed using FEM analysis to have a particular geometrical structure looking like a fish bone that consists of cantilever ribs extending out from a backbone. Acoustic wave is supposed to be introduced to the diaphragm placed at one end of the backbone to travel in one way along the backbone. During traveling each frequency component of the wave is delivered to the corresponding cantilever according to its resonant frequency. The mechanical vibrations of each cantilever are detected in parallel by use of piezoresistors. The fish-bone structure is fabricated to be suspended in the air on a silicon substrate using silicon micromachining technology. We observe the frequency response of each cantilever to verify fairly sharp frequency selectivity associated with the one- way flow of the vibration energy. The present results encourage us to implement the human auditory system on a silicon chip toward the goal of silicon cochlea.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3514, Micromachined Devices and Components IV, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323898
Show Author Affiliations
Muneo Harada, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
Naoki Ikeuchi, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
Shoichi Fukui, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
Shigeru Ando, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3514:
Micromachined Devices and Components IV
Patrick J. French; Kevin H. Chau, Editor(s)

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