Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1088/0960-1317/19/6/065021
Title: Phonon detection technique for the study of the temperature coefficient of resonance frequency in clamped-clamped beam resonators
Authors: Wong, C.-L.
Palaniapan, M. 
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Wong, C.-L., Palaniapan, M. (2009). Phonon detection technique for the study of the temperature coefficient of resonance frequency in clamped-clamped beam resonators. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 19 (6) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1088/0960-1317/19/6/065021
Abstract: In this paper, we utilize a phonon detection technique to determine the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency TCf of MEMS resonators. The technique adopted is highly sensitive to device motions and allows for TCf measurement with less than 5 ppm °C-1 error. In addition, it can also characterize multiple resonators fabricated on the same die or wafer using a single piezoelectric element. Although the multiple devices have to be measured sequentially, the data acquisition time per resonator is short, making the technique an ideal wafer level characterization tool for high volume device testing. The devices used in our TCf experiments are comb-actuated clamped-clamped beam resonators fabricated using the SOIMUMPs process from MEMSCAP. The clamped-clamped architecture of these devices makes them especially prone to thermal-induced strain. A theoretical framework for analyzing the TCf of these resonators was also derived. Experiments on 16 sample devices show that altering the length L and width w of the clamped-clamped beam improves the TCf of the devices by up to 22%. From our TCf measurements, it was also deduced that a mismatch in the thermal expansion coefficients of the SOI structural and substrate layers caused the thermal-induced strain on our samples. The mismatch was determined to be 3.8 × 10-8 °C-1 for one particular sample die. © 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Source Title: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/82890
ISSN: 09601317
DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/19/6/065021
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