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The design and characterization of micromachined air-coupled capacitance transducers

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4 Author(s)
D. W. Schindel ; Dept. of Phys., Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ont., Canada ; D. A. Hutchins ; Lichun Zou ; M. Sayer

Air-coupled capacitance transducers have been manufactured using anisotropically etched silicon backplates and commercially available dielectric films (Kapton and Mylar). The small backplate pits which result from etching, provide well ordered and highly uniform air layers between the backplate surface and thin dielectric film. Such uniformity allows the transducers to be manufactured with reproducible characteristics (a property difficult to achieve through conventional manufacturing). Impulse response studies in generation and detection, have indicated well-damped, wideband behavior, with bandwidths extending from <100 kHz to 2.3 MHz (at the -6 dB points). These bandwidths are investigated as a function of excitation pulse width, applied bias potential, and dielectric film thickness. An estimate of detection sensitivity is also provided by comparison with a calibrated laser interferometer.<>

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IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 1 )