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Characterization and optimization of dry releasing for the fabrication of RF MEMS capacitive switches
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Microsystem Technology.
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, ISSN 0960-1317, E-ISSN 1361-6439, Vol. 17, no 10, 2024-2030 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper discusses fabrication aspects of photoresist sacrificial layers for fabricating metal bridges of capacitive radio frequency (RF) microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switches. First, reflow of the photoresist layer after lithography is investigated for reducing mechanical fracture of the metal layer by smoothing the edges of the sacrificial layer. Second, the dry-etch releasing process of the structures in an O-2 plasma has been investigated by identifying suitable etching parameters. The findings in this paper reveal that the mechanical performance of the released bridges strongly depends on the etch parameters. It is shown that especially the etching power affects the mean stress and the stress gradient in the bridge, which results in buckling and deformed bridge shape for an etching power above 500 W, drastically increasing the actuation voltage and reducing the down-state capacitance. Finally, the paper presents a suitable parameter set for the release etching of capacitive MEMS metal bridges.

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2007. Vol. 17, no 10, 2024-2030 p.
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oxygen plasma, thin-films, stress, planarization, gradient
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16990DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/17/10/014ISI: 000249810800015ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34748834259OAI: diva2:335033
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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