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Pyroelectric PVDF sensor modeling of the temporal voltage response to arbitrarily modulated radiation

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3 Author(s)
Capineri, L. ; Dipt. di Ingegneria Electron., Univ. di Firenze, Italy ; Masotti, L. ; Mazzoni, M.

Our design of transducer arrays for custom pyroelectric sensors is mainly devoted to IR laser beam characterization and control. It benefits from some of the properties of PVDF film such as low cost, low weight, mechanical flexibility, chemical stability (inert), and compatibility of thick film interconnection technologies on metallized films. By using the temporal characteristics of the source intensity and starting from a standard equivalent one-dimensional model of a multilayer thick-film transducer in the frequency domain, we developed a computer model of the PVDF sensor that determines the temporal response to arbitrarily modulated radiation. The validation of the model accuracy has been carried out with a simulation procedure performed on a PVDF sensor designed for accurate beam alignment of low power laser beams. In this case, an iterative algorithm also was developed to estimate some thermal and physical properties of the front absorbing and the metallization layers that are generally barely known. We present a fitting procedure to determine these properties by using the temporal pyroelectric response to a square wave modulated laser diode that provides a reliable reference signal.

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Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 6 )