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In-Air Rangefinding With an AlN Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasound Transducer

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7 Author(s)
Richard J. Przybyla ; Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, University of California, Berkeley ; Stefon E. Shelton ; AndrĂ© Guedes ; Igor I. Izyumin
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An ultrasonic rangefinder has a working range of 30 to 450 mm and operates at a 375-Hz maximum sampling rate. The random noise increases with distance and equals 1.3 mm at the maximum range. The range measurement principle is based on pulse-echo time-of-flight measurement using a single transducer for transmit and receive. The transducer consists of a piezoelectric AlN membrane with 400-μm diameter, which was fabricated using a low-temperature process compatible with processed CMOS wafers. The performance of the system exceeds the performance of other micromechanical rangefinders.

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