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Bridge structure PZT thin film microtransducer with mass loading
Author(s): Ming Zang; Shayne M. Zurn; William P. Robbins; Dennis L. Polla; David T. Markus
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Paper Abstract

We report on a bridge structure PZT [Pb(ZrxTi1- x)O3] thin film microtransducer with proof mass that has been fabricated successfully at the Microtechnology Laboratory (MTL) of the University of Minnesota. The bridge microtransducer is made on silicon wafer using bulk micromachining of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and special techniques for deposition of a PZT thin film. The bridge is 300 micrometers wide, 1000 micrometers long, and a few micrometers thick. A proof mass made from the silicon wafer is loaded under the bridge at the central region, its area is 300 X 300 square micrometers and its thickness is 475 micrometers (same as the wafer). Used as an accelerometer, the microtransducer is calibrated using a Vibration Test Systems (VTS), which is a commercial accelerometer calibration instrument. The sensitivity of the microtransducer is constant over the range of frequencies from zero to 10 kHz, 240(mu) V/g at 0.5g with a dc bias voltage of 0.2 volts and a deviation of 5%. The Brownian thermal noise equivalent acceleration is 9.072(mu) g/(root)Hz. Design of a bridge structure with mass loading is modeled using ANSYS. Simulation analysis shows that the fundamental natural frequency of the microtransducer is 11.352 kHz, which is close to the measured resonant frequency of 12.28 kHz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 December 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4435, Wave Optics and VLSI Photonic Devices for Information Processing, (26 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.451142
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Ming Zang, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)
Shayne M. Zurn, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)
William P. Robbins, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)
Dennis L. Polla, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)
David T. Markus, Univ. of Minnesota/Twin Cities (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4435:
Wave Optics and VLSI Photonic Devices for Information Processing
Pierre Ambs; Fred Richard Beyette; Fred Richard Beyette, Editor(s)

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