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Testing silicon MEMS structures subjected to thermal loading by digital holography
Author(s): Pietro Ferraro; Sergio De Nicola; Giuseppe Coppola; Andrea Finizio; Mario Iodice; Carlo Magro; Giovanni Pierattini
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Paper Abstract

We have applied digital holography (DH) as interferometric tool for measuring the out of plane deformation of Micro-Electro-Mechanical structures. DH has been adopted as method for determining with high accuracy deformations due to the residual stress introduced by fabrication process evaluating MEMS behavior subjected to thermal load. A thermal characterization of these structures requires to cope two fundamental problems. The first one regards the loss of the focus due to thermal expansion of the MEMS sample support. With an out-of-focus image, a correct reconstruction of the sample image can not be obtained. To overcome the problem an auto-tracking procedure has been adopted. The other problem regards the direct comparison of images reconstructed at two different distances. In fact, in DH the numerical reconstruction image is enlarged or contracted according to the reconstruction distance. To avoid this problem, we have adopted a novel but very simple method for keeping constant the image size by imposing the reconstruction pixel constant through the fictitious enlargement of the number of the pixel of the recorded digital holograms. These procedures have been employed in order to characterize MEMS with different shapes and dimensions. The measured profiles obtained by DH can be employed to evaluate both the residual stress induced during the fabrication processes and its dependence on the temperature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5343, Reliability, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS III, (23 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.524441
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Pietro Ferraro, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi del CNR (Italy)
Sergio De Nicola, Istituto di Cibernetica del CNR (Italy)
Giuseppe Coppola, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi del CNR (Italy)
Andrea Finizio, Istituto di Cibernetica del CNR (Italy)
Mario Iodice, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi del CNR (Italy)
Carlo Magro, STMicroelectronics (Italy)
Giovanni Pierattini, Istituto di Cibernetica del CNR (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5343:
Reliability, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS III
Danelle M. Tanner; Rajeshuni Ramesham, Editor(s)

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