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A Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Charge Transfer Imager
Author(s): N. A. Papanicolauo; H. C. Lin
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Paper Abstract

Surface acoustic waves excited in a Si-Si02-ZnO layered structure can produce a traveling electric field in the silicon substrate. Charges stored in the traveling potential wells can be transferred at high speed and density and with less complexity than conventional coupled devices. The monolithic structure under investigation for the SAW-charge transfer device consists of a silicon substrate, a thin silicon dioxide insulating layer on top of which a ZnO piezoelectric film is deposited by sputtering. The surface acoustic waves are excited by interdigital transducers. The signal charge is injected into traveling potential wells that travel with the velocity of sound. The presence of a thin shorting plate placed on the ZnO film, over the charge transfer region can enhance the acoustoelectric potential at the Si-Si02 interface, thus resulting in a more efficient device. An 80 MHz, 2g-second SAW-CCD has successfully been fabricated. An optical application utilizing such a structure is proposed. It can be used in place of a conventional interline transfer design. Surface acoustic waves are launched before the charges are transferred from the sensor region to the transport region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0244, Mosaic Focal Plane Methodologies I, (18 February 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959316
Show Author Affiliations
N. A. Papanicolauo, University of Maryland (United States)
H. C. Lin, University of Maryland (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0244:
Mosaic Focal Plane Methodologies I
William S. Chan, Editor(s)

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