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Capacitive sensing circuit for closed-loop control of wide tuning range microspectrometers
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Paper Abstract

We examine the problem of simultaneous drive and capacitance sensing, on a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device, where the drive is a bipolar AC waveform. The attention of this paper is particularly focused on wavelength calibration of the microspectrometer, a MEMS micromachined Fabry Perot filter monolithically integrated with a photodetector. However, this work is also very pertinent to other bipolar AC driven MEMS devices, which presently use separate measurement MEMS structures. To avoid charging effects, the microspectrometer must be driven by an AC waveform and, the only option for capacitance measurement is to do so simultaneously, on the same terminals, as the drive waveform is applied. We propose a novel differential capacitive sensing circuit to determine the centre wavelength of the MEMS-based micro-spectrometer, allowing closed-loop control of the microspectrometer's centre wavelength. Automatic calibration can be realized with the addition of a known light source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7680, Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies III, 76800K (27 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850589
Show Author Affiliations
Mohamad Susli, The Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)
K. K. M. B. Dilusha Silva, The Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)
Farid Boussaid, The Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)
Lorenzo Faraone, The Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)
John M. Dell, The Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7680:
Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies III
Mark A. Druy; Christopher D. Brown; Richard A. Crocombe, Editor(s)

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