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Research on double-barrier resonant tunneling effect based stress measurement methods

Xiong, Jijun and Zhang, Wendong and Mao, Haiyang and Wang, Kaiqun (2009) Research on double-barrier resonant tunneling effect based stress measurement methods. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 150 (2). 169 - 174.

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Abstract

Piezoresistive effect of semiconductor materials is often used in microsensors as a sensing principle. Resonant tunneling diodes (RTDs) have been proved to have negative differential resistance effect, and their current–voltage characteristics change as a function of stress, which can be generated by external mechanical loads, such as pressures, accelerations and so on. According to this, the Meso-piezoresistive effect of RTDs can be used for stress measurement. This paper discusses two double-barrier resonant tunneling effect based stress measurement methods, including an RTD-Wheatstone bridge based method originally proposed. According to the results from the RTD-Wheatstone bridge based experiment, the piezoresistive sensitivity of RTD is adjustable in a range of 3 orders. And the largest piezoresistive sensitivity of RTD is larger than that of common semiconductor materials, such as silicon and GaAs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Piezoresistive sensitivity; Stress measurement; Oscillation frequency; Resonant tunneling effect
Subjects:Analytical Science > Nanotechnology for sensing and actuating
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:4962
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:09 Apr 2009 11:59
Last Modified:09 Apr 2009 11:59

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