Electrostatically driven long-microbeams for low frequency applications

Asa'ad kareem edaan Al-masha'al, Graham Wood, Enrico Mastropaolo, Rebecca Cheung

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This letter presents the design, fabrication and characterization of an array of electrostatically actuated clamped-clamped microbeams. A large bottom actuation electrode and long beams with lengths ranging from 1 to 3.4 mm are the major features of the present device. The novelty of this work lies in the realization of suspended and undeformed microstructures by controlling the process-induced stress during the fabrication process. This has been achieved by compensating the influence of the compressive and tensile stress components of the different deposited layers, resulting in ultralong-beams with a relatively straight mechanical profile and an aspect ratio of ~ 1: 3400 of vertical deflection to the beam length. For the first time, ultralong-microbeams of tantalum have been actuated electrostatically with AC and DC driving voltages to drive them into resonance and characterize their resonant frequencies. The lowest resonant frequency of 1.4 kHz is obtained for a 3.4 mm-long beam. The shift of the resonant frequency due to the effect of different DC biasing has been investigated experimentally. A spring softening effect has been induced through electrostatic tuning. A downward shift in the resonant frequency to -35000 ppm for DC bias voltages increasing from 1 V to 5 V has been demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-374
Number of pages2
JournalElectronics Letters
Issue number6
Early online date5 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2018


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