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Evaluation of dielectric properties of HTCC alumina for realization of plasma sources
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology. (ÅSTC)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0832-1848
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Microsystems Technology.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Electronic Materials, ISSN 0361-5235, E-ISSN 1543-186X, Vol. 44, no 10, 3654-3660 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As the sensitivity of optogalvanic spectroscopy based on prototype microplasma sources increases, contamination from composite materials in the printed circuit board used starts to become a concern. In this paper, a transfer to high-temperature cofired alumina and platinum is made and evaluated. The high-purity alumina provides an inert plasma environment, and allows for temperatures above 1000A degrees C, which is beneficial for future integration of a combustor. To facilitate the design of high-end plasma sources, characterization of the radio frequency (RF) parameters of the materials around 2.6 GHz is carried out. A RF resonator structure was fabricated in both microstrip and stripline configurations. These resonators were geometrically and electrically characterized, and epsilon (r) and tan were calculated using the RF waveguide design tool Wcalc. The resulting epsilon (r) for the microstrip and stripline was found to be 10.68 (+/- 0.12) and 9.65 (+/- 0.14), respectively. The average tan of all devices was found to be 0.0011 (+/- 0.0007). With these parameters, a series of proof-of-concept plasma sources were fabricated and evaluated. Some problems in the fabrication stemmed from the lamination and difficulties with the screen-printing, but a functioning plasma source was demonstrated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 44, no 10, 3654-3660 p.
National Category
Ceramics Engineering and Technology Physical Sciences
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Microsystems Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251300DOI: 10.1007/s11664-015-3901-7ISI: 000360672900061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-251300DiVA: diva2:805289
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Swedish National Space BoardKnut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2015-04-15 Created: 2015-04-15 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Miniature Plasma Sources for High-Precision Molecular Spectroscopy in Planetary Exploration
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Miniature Plasma Sources for High-Precision Molecular Spectroscopy in Planetary Exploration
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The prospect of finding life outside Earth has fascinated mankind for ages, and new technology continuously pushes the boundary of how remote and how obscure evidence we can find. Employing smaller, or completely new, types of landers and robots, and equipping them with miniature instruments would indeed revolutionize exploration of other planets and moons.

In this thesis, microsystems technology is used to create a miniature high-precision isotope-resolving molecular spectrometer utilizing the optogalvanic effect. The heart of the instrument, as well as this thesis, is a microplasma source.

The plasma source is a split-ring resonator, chosen for its simplicity, pressure range and easily accessible plasma, and modified to fit the challenging application, e.g., by the adding of an additional ground plane for improved electromagnetic shielding, and the integration of microscopic plasma probes to extract the pristine optogalvanic signal.

Plasma sources of this kind have been manufactured in both printed circuit board and alumina, the latter for its chemical inertness and for compatibility with other devices in a total analysis system. From previous studies, classical optogalvanic spectroscopy (OGS), although being very sensitive, is known to suffer from stability and reproducibility issues. In this thesis several studies were conducted to investigate and improve these shortcomings, and to improve the signal-to-noise ratio. Moreover, extensive work was put into understanding the underlying physics of the technique.

The plasma sources developed here, are the first ever miniature devices to be used in OGS, and exhibits several benefits compared to traditional solutions. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that OGS scales well with miniaturization. For example, the signal strength does not decrease as the volume is reduced like in regular absorption spectroscopy. Moreover, the stability and reproducibility are greatly increased, in some cases as much as by two orders of magnitude, compared with recent studies made on a classical OGS setup. The signal-to-noise ratio has also been greatly improved, e.g., by enclosing the sample cell and by biasing the plasma. Another benefit of a miniature sample cell is the miniscule amount of sample it requires, which can be important in many applications where only small amounts of sample are available.

To conclude: With this work, an important step toward a miniature, yet highly performing, instrument for detection of extraterrestrial life, has been taken.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. 53 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1253
Keyword
MEMS, MST, Optogalvanic Spectroscopy, Molecular Spectroscopy, Split-Ring Resonator, Microplasma
National Category
Physical Sciences Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Microsystems Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251315 (URN)978-91-554-9245-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-06-05, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-05-11 Created: 2015-04-15 Last updated: 2015-07-07

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