Piezoelectric sensing of electrothermally actuated silicon carbide MEMS resonators

Boris Sviličić*, Enrico Mastropaolo, Rebecca Cheung

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Abstract / Description of output

The influence of piezoelectric sensor design on electrothermally actuated micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) resonators performance (resonant frequency and Q factor) has been investigated. Silicon-carbide double-clamped beam resonators have been fabricated with platinum electrothermal actuator and lead-zirconium-titanate piezoelectric sensor on the top of the beam. The fabricated devices differ only in the piezoelectric sensor length, while other dimensions and technological parameters are the same. The 200 μm long devices resonate between 0.6 and 1.1 MHz with Q factor in air up to 410, and can be tuned up to 300,000 ppm using relatively low DC bias voltages (2-6 V). The transmission frequency response measurements have shown that the devices, actuated in the same operating conditions, with shorter piezoelectric sensor resonate at higher frequencies with higher Q factors. However, the wider frequency tuning range has been obtained with devices with longer piezoelectric sensor integrated and positioned closer to the center of the beam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalMicroelectronic Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Electrothermal actuation
  • MEMS resonator
  • Piezoelectric sensing
  • Silicon carbide
  • Tuning


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