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Sensors 2014, 14(12), 22180-22198;

Multi-Frequency Band Pyroelectric Sensors

Department of Mechanical Design Engineering, National Formosa University, No. 64, Wunhua Rd., Huwei Township, Yunlin County 632, Taiwan
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Received: 23 September 2014 / Revised: 6 November 2014 / Accepted: 20 November 2014 / Published: 25 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Frontiers in Infrared Photodetection)
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A methodology is proposed for designing a multi-frequency band pyroelectric sensor which can detect subjects with various frequencies or velocities. A structure with dual pyroelectric layers, consisting of a thinner sputtered ZnO layer and a thicker aerosol ZnO layer, proved helpful in the development of the proposed sensor. The thinner sputtered ZnO layer with a small thermal capacity and a rapid response accomplishes a high-frequency sensing task, while the thicker aerosol ZnO layer with a large thermal capacity and a tardy response is responsible for low-frequency sensing tasks. A multi-frequency band pyroelectric sensor is successfully designed, analyzed and fabricated in the present study. The range of the multi-frequency sensing can be estimated by means of the proposed design and analysis to match the thicknesses of the sputtered and the aerosol ZnO layers. The fabricated multi-frequency band pyroelectric sensor with a 1 μm thick sputtered ZnO layer and a 20 μm thick aerosol ZnO layer can sense a frequency band from 4000 to 40,000 Hz without tardy response and low voltage responsivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: pyroelectricity; sensor; multi-frequency; zinc oxide; thin film pyroelectricity; sensor; multi-frequency; zinc oxide; thin film
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Hsiao, C.-C.; Liu, S.-Y. Multi-Frequency Band Pyroelectric Sensors. Sensors 2014, 14, 22180-22198.

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