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Sensors 2016, 16(4), 526; doi:10.3390/s16040526

The Characterization of Surface Acoustic Wave Devices Based on AlN-Metal Structures

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State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054, China
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China Gas Turbine Establishment, Jiangyou 621703, China
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Received: 26 January 2016 / Revised: 1 April 2016 / Accepted: 6 April 2016 / Published: 12 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

We report in this paper on the study of surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonators based on an AlN/titanium alloy (TC4) structure. The AlN/TC4 structure with different thicknesses of AlN films was simulated, and the acoustic propagating modes were discussed. Based on the simulation results, interdigital transducers with a periodic length of 24 μm were patterned by lift-off photolithography techniques on the AlN films/TC4 structure, while the AlN film thickness was in the range 1.5–3.5 μm. The device performances in terms of quality factor (Q-factor) and electromechanical coupling coefficient (k2) were determined from the measure S11 parameters. The Q-factor and k2 were strongly dependent not only on the normalized AlN film thickness but also on the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of AlN (002) peak. The dispersion curve of the SAW phase velocity was analyzed, and the experimental results showed a good agreement with simulations. The temperature behaviors of the devices were also presented and discussed. The prepared SAW resonators based on AlN/TC4 structure have potential applications in integrated micromechanical sensing systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: AlN film; TC4; surface acoustic wave; layered structure; simulation AlN film; TC4; surface acoustic wave; layered structure; simulation
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Shu, L.; Peng, B.; Li, C.; Gong, D.; Yang, Z.; Liu, X.; Zhang, W. The Characterization of Surface Acoustic Wave Devices Based on AlN-Metal Structures. Sensors 2016, 16, 526.

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