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Uncooled IR sensor based on lateral polysilicon pn junction diode: initial results
Author(s): De-hui Xu; Bin Xiong; Yue-lin Wang
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Paper Abstract

These days, uncooled IR image sensors utilizing MEMS technologies have been widely studied for night vision and temperature sensing. Compared with other uncooled IR image sensor, uncooled IR image sensor utilizing p-n junction diode detector has merits of good CMOS compatibility, better mass-production, and better detecting uniformity. In this paper, we proposed a novel uncooled IR sensor based on lateral polysilicon p-n junction diode. In the CMOS process, p-type polysilicon is used for PMOS gate electrode material, while n-type polysilicon is used for NMOS gate electrode material. Due to that polysilicon diode is adopted for sensing, the silicon substrate under the microstructure can be completely removed, and a better thermal isolation and a small thermal mass can be achieved. By using the FEM software Ansys, 3D models of the silicon diode and polysilicon diode have been built for thermal simulation. Simulation results verify that a better thermal isolation can be achieved for polysilicon diode. The device was fabricated by standard CMOS process and a XeF2 post-CMOS maskless dry etching step. Measurement results of the fabricated lateral polysilicon p-n junction diode is also reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8191, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Sensor and Micromachined Optical Device Technologies, 819113 (8 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.900485
Show Author Affiliations
De-hui Xu, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (China)
Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Bin Xiong, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (China)
Yue-lin Wang, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8191:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Sensor and Micromachined Optical Device Technologies
Yuelin Wang; Huikai Xie; Yufeng Jin, Editor(s)

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