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Design and Analysis of Lithium–Niobate-Based High Electromechanical Coupling RF-MEMS Resonators for Wideband Filtering

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2 Author(s)
Songbin Gong ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Piazza, G.

This paper reports on a new type of microresonators enabled by micromachining of ion sliced X -cut LiNbO3 thin films. In operation, the device is excited into lateral vibrations, thus allowing the center frequency to be determined by the lithographically defined dimensions of the excitation electrodes. The demonstrated device has a high electromechanical coupling (kt2) of 11.5%-the highest attained for laterally vibrating microelectromechanical systems resonators. Device orientation was also varied to investigate its impact on kt2 and experimental data have shown good agreement with theoretical predictions. Several key performance parameters, including the quality factor (Q), the static capacitance, C0 , the temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF), and the power handling, are also characterized and the related experimental data are presented. The devices demonstrate Q 's up to 1800. The measured TCFs range from -55 to -69 ppm/K and can be considered sufficiently low for wideband RF filtering. The high electromechanical coupling and the high Q of this new class of devices show promise for the implementation of multifrequency wideband multiplexers and filter banks for reconfigurable RF front-ends.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 1 )