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Electrical measurement of undercut in surface micromachining
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Paper Abstract

In a surface micromachined cantilever the beam thickness, width and the gap get modified during fabrication. Since performance of sensors and actuators strongly depend on the final geometry, it is essential to measure these parameters. Electrical measurements have several advantages over microscopy and we present here two different electrical techniques to measure undercut due to etching. In the resistance based approach, two polysilicon resistors of different length and width are used and the undercut is extracted from the ratio of the measured resistances. In the second technique, resonance frequency is measured for two sets of oxide anchored polysilicon cantilever beams with 20 and 30 µm widths. For a given length, the ratio between the measured frequencies for the two widths gives the value of undercut. Measurements are done on both wet and dry etched polysilicon.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6884, Reliability, Packaging, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS VII, 68840R (18 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.764417
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Somashekara Bhat, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
Enakshi Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6884:
Reliability, Packaging, Testing, and Characterization of MEMS/MOEMS VII
Allyson L. Hartzell; Rajeshuni Ramesham, Editor(s)

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