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Application of parametric resonance amplification in a single-crystal silicon micro-oscillator based mass sensor

Zhang, Wenhua and Turner, Kimberly L. (2005) Application of parametric resonance amplification in a single-crystal silicon micro-oscillator based mass sensor. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 122 (1). 23 - 30.

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Abstract

A mass sensing concept based on parametric resonance amplification is proposed and experimentally investigated using a non-interdigitated comb-finger driven micro-oscillator. Mass change can be detected by measuring frequency shift at the boundary of the first order parametric resonance ‘tongue’. Both platinum deposition using focused ion beam (FIB) and water vapor desorption and absorption are used to change the mass of a prototype sensor. Due to the sharp transition in amplitude caused by parametric resonance, the sensitivity is 1–2 order of magnitude higher than the same oscillator working at Simple Harmonic Resonance (SHR) mode in air. Picogram (10−12 g) level mass change can be easily detected in the sensor with mass about 30 ng and resonance frequency less than 100 kHz. Damping effects and noise processes on sensor dynamics and sensing performance are also investigated and damping has no significant effect on sensor noise floor and sensitivity. Higher sensitivity is expected when the oscillator design is optimized and dimensions are scaled.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:SSSAMW 04 - Special Section of the Micromechanics Section of Sensors and Actuators based on contributions revised from the Technical Digest of the 2004 Solid-State Sensor, Actuator and Microsystems Workshop.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mass sensor; Chemical sensor; Parametric resonance; MEMS; Oscillator; Noise; Vapor detection
Subjects:Analytical Science > Nanotechnology for sensing and actuating
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in ICT
ID Code:4655
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:08 Apr 2009 17:42
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 17:42

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