Mass sensitivity of multilayer thin film resonant BAW sensors
2008 (English)In: Sensors and Actuators A-Physical, ISSN 0924-4247, E-ISSN 1873-3069, Vol. 148, no 1, 88-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract: A systematic study of the mass sensitivity and its dependence on the material's properties and thicknesses in composite multilayer Thin Film Bulk Acoustic Resonators (FBAR) is presented. The Mason transmission line model has been employed in combination with the acoustic energy balance principle for the determination of the FBAR mass sensitivity. The results have been experimentally verified. Further, the mass sensitivity dependence on various parameters has been studied and correlated with wave reflection and interference within the composite structure in addition to the well-known dependence on resonator acoustic impedance and operation frequency. The mass sensitivity for both the fundamental and the second harmonic mode of operation has been studied in view of their practical relevance. In particular, sensitivity amplification induced by the presence of an on-top deposited low acoustic impedance layer has been identified for the first harmonic and its potential applicability discussed in terms of gas and in-liquid sensing. Optimized structures for both sensing applications are suggested by considering the overall sensor resolution defined by both the mass sensitivity and the FBAR performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 148, no 1, 88-95 p.
Mass sensitivity, Bulk acoustic resonator, FBAR, Sensitivity amplification
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject Electronics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-86872DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2008.07.023ISI: 000260804500015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-86872DiVA: diva2:127528