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Oscillatory Q Factor in Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators With Integrated Microfluidic Channels

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3 Author(s)
Wencheng Xu ; Sch. of Electr., Comput. & Energy Eng., Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ, USA ; Abbaspour-Tamijani, A. ; Junseok Chae

When a film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) is coupled to a liquid layer with thickness comparable to the acoustic wavelength, the Q factor varies in a damped oscillatory pattern with the liquid thickness. This letter reports an analytical modeling and experimental demonstration of this behavior by integrating microfluidic channels to MEMS-based FBARs. It is found that Q assumes its maxima and minima when the channel thickness is an odd multiple of quarter-wavelength and a multiple of half-wave-length, respectively. The microfluidics integrated FBARs achieve a 10 × improvement of Q over fully immersed FBARs, showing the potential of use as high-resolution sensors involving liquids.

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Sensors Journal, IEEE  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 10 )