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Semiconducting YBaCuO as infrared-detecting bolometers
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports the fabrication of microbolometers using semiconducting YBaCuO as the IR sensing material. The detectors are operable at room temperature and thus are suitable for lost-cost and high performance imaging applications. Semiconducting YBaCuO is promising as a bolometric material as it has a thermal coefficient of resistance near 3% and relatively low noise. Two different bolometer structures will be reported here. First generation YBaCuO microbolometers were built on micromachined SiO2 bridges using wet etching techniques to undercut the silicon. The second generation structures were processed upon micromachined Si3N4 membranes with sputtered MgO films used as sacrificial layers. The membrane structures are the first of its kind to incorporate MgO as a sacrificial layer, and they offer a fabrication technique that is fully CMOS compatible, with all processing at ambient temperatures. Detectivities in the order of 108 cm Hz1/2/W were measured at 30 Hz chopping frequency in both structures. The thermal conductance of the suspended membranes was on the order of 10-7 W/K, which is desirable as low thermal conductance yields high responsivities. There are realizable optimizations for both applications to yield detectivities over 109 cm Hz 1/2/W. All measurements reported here were performed at ambient temperature with no temperature stabilization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3436, Infrared Technology and Applications XXIV, (26 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328054
Show Author Affiliations
John E. Gray, Southern Methodist Univ. (United States)
Zeynep Celik-Butler, Southern Methodist Univ. (United States)
Donald P. Butler, Southern Methodist Univ. (United States)
Mahmoud F. Almasri, Southern Methodist Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3436:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXIV
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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