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Performance of uncooled microcantilever thermal detectors
Author(s): Panos G. Datskos; Slobodan Rajic; Nickolay V. Lavrik
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Paper Abstract

Bimaterial microcantilevers arranged into focal plane arrays (FPAs) can function as uncooled IR imaging devices. In order to analyze the performance of such devices and compare various FPAs, it is essential to have an in-depth understanding of their operation, figures of merit, and fundamental limitations. We give an overview of figures of merit that are applicable to both cooled and uncooled IR detectors. Specific focus of this chapter is a performance analysis for microcantilever IR detectors with an optical readout. We discuss responsivity of microcantilever IR detectors and analyze the different sources (and mechanisms) of noise present in them. A model SiNx microcantilever device with an Al layer in the bimaterial region was fabricated and its performance as an IR detector was analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 2005
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5721, MOEMS Display and Imaging Systems III, (22 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.590823
Show Author Affiliations
Panos G. Datskos, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)
Slobodan Rajic, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)
Nickolay V. Lavrik, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5721:
MOEMS Display and Imaging Systems III
Hakan Urey; David L. Dickensheets, Editor(s)

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