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Sputtered A1N Thin Films for Piezoelectric MEMS Devices

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8 Author(s)
Li-Peng Wang ; Microsystems Technology, Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, California, USA. ; Eyal Ginsburg ; Friedel Gerfers ; Dean Samara-Rubio
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Piezoelectric films have been demonstrated to be attractive for micromechanical systems (MEMS) devices. Among the piezoelectric films used, AlN film has been less explored. In this study, AlN resonators and accelerometers, utilizing longitudinal and transverse piezoelectric effects respectively, were demonstrated. Resonators with Q of 1000 and electromechanical coupling (kt 2) of 6.5% were achieved at ~2 GHz. Accelerometers were fabricated and tested with charge sensitivities ranging between 0.06 to 0.45 pC/g depending on device designs. Important material properties of sputtered AlN films - C33 of 435 GPa, e33 of 1.55 C/m2, and e31 of -0.58 C/m2 - were extracted by fitting finite element analysis (FEA) simulated values to measured results.

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2006 5th IEEE Conference on Sensors

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22-25 Oct. 2006