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Low-temperature quartz-to-silicon bonding for SAW applications
Author(s): Axel Berthold; Pasqualina M. Sarro; Michael J. Vellekoop
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Paper Abstract

A new process for the fabrication of piezoelectric quartz thin films on silicon is investigated. With this process, new silicon-implemented acoustic wave delay lines for sensor applications can be realized. An acoustic-wave delay-line consists of two interdigital thin film metal transducers fabricated on a piezoelectric crystal. In order to realize acoustic-wave devices on (non-piezoelectric) silicon, the use of piezoelectric thin films such as zinc oxide, aluminum nitride or PZT has been reported. However, these films often exhibit stress, aging, pinholes, or poor reproducibility which affects the performance of the device. The bonding of piezoelectric quartz (with its known and fixed mechanical and piezoelectric properties) to silicon improves the performance of silicon-implemented acoustic-wave devices. The process used, consists of a wet chemical treatment after which the wafers are prebonded at room temperature. Annealing at 140 degree(s)C for 3 hours yields a sufficient high bond strength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3328, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Electronics and MEMS, (20 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.320200
Show Author Affiliations
Axel Berthold, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Pasqualina M. Sarro, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Michael J. Vellekoop, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3328:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Electronics and MEMS
Vijay K. Varadan; Paul J. McWhorter; Richard A. Singer; Michael J. Vellekoop, Editor(s)

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