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Fabrication of micromachined ceramic thin-film-type pressure sensors for overpressure tolerance and its characteristics
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This paper describes the fabrication process and characteristics of ceramic thin-film pressure sensors based on Ta-N strain gauges for harsh environment applications. The Ta-N thin-film strain gauges are sputter-deposited on a thermally oxidized micromachined Si diaphragm with buried cavities for overpressure tolerance. The proposed device takes advantage of the good mechanical properties of single-crystalline Si as a diaphragm fabricated by SDB and electrochemical etch-stop technology, and in order to extend the temperature range, it has relatively higher resistance, stability and gauge factor of Ta-N thin-films more than other gauges. The fabricated pressure sensor presents a low temperature coefficient of resistance, high-sensitivity, low nonlinearity and excellent temperature stability. The sensitivity is 1.21-1.097 mV/V•kgf/cm2 in temperature ranges of 25-200°C and a maximum non-linearity is 0.43 %FS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5276, Device and Process Technologies for MEMS, Microelectronics, and Photonics III, (2 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.522876
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Gwiy-Sang Chung, Dongseo Univ. (South Korea)
Jae-Min Kim, Dongseo Univ. (South Korea)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5276:
Device and Process Technologies for MEMS, Microelectronics, and Photonics III
Jung-Chih Chiao; Alex J. Hariz; David N. Jamieson; Giacinta Parish; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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