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Electrothermal actuator reliability studies
Author(s): Richard A. Plass; Michael S. Baker; Jeremy A. Walraven
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Paper Abstract

Shallow V type symmetric electrothermal actuators which have a central shuttle and overall lengths of ~610 μm, leg widths between 3 and 4.5 μm, and offset angles between 0.7 and 2.3° have been subjected to short term, high stress drive currents under different environmental conditions. For all the devices and all test conditions, ~200 mW power levels lead to plastic deformation both for DC actuation and square wave modulation at the limit of the device’s bandwidth. Also, it is noted that under vacuum conditions the hottest portions of the surface roughen significantly and there is significant discoloration of the silicon nitride under the device. SEM analysis of cleaved surfaces of these vacuum actuated devices shows significant near surface pitting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5343, Reliability, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS III, (23 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.530936
Show Author Affiliations
Richard A. Plass, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Michael S. Baker, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Jeremy A. Walraven, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


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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