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Burst technology with feedback-loop control for capacitive detection and electrostatic excitation of resonant silicon sensors
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2000 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, ISSN 0018-9383, Vol. 47, no 11, 2228-2235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A method for excitation and detection of resonant silicon sensors based on discontinuous, burst excitation is presented. The solution eliminates the crosstalk between electrostatic excitation and capacitive detection by separating them in time. High excitation voltages can be combined with highly sensitive detection electronics. The method facilitates the use of large distances between the resonator and electrodes used for elicitation and detection. The method was successfully tested with feedback-loop control on silicon resonant density and pressure sensors where the electrodes were positioned outside a glass, Continuous measurements of gas pressures and liquid densities were realized, The simplified fabrication process utilized reduces the risk of leakage from the ambient pressure to the low-pressure cavities in which the resonators are encapsulated since electrical feedthroughs are not needed, Excitation voltages alternating between 0 and 150 V could be applied to the resonators with measured electronics sensitivities of 0.4 fF Signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) as high as 100 (density sensor) and 360 (pressure sensor) were obtained. The electronic evaluation revealed that the burst duty cycle (i.e,, the excitation time relative to the free oscillation time) had a strong influence on the output detection voltage, As few as two excitation periods with a burst cycle frequency of 115 Hz and a burst duty cycle of 1% was sufficient to select and lock the resonance frequency (28 042 Hz) for the tested pressure sensor. The same electrodes could be used for both excitation and detection, A novel solution is also presented that eliminates the charging effect of dielectric surfaces which otherwise can be a problem for capacitive detection.

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2000. Vol. 47, no 11, 2228-2235 p.
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burst electronics, capacitive detection, discontinuous excitation, electrostatic excitation, feedback control, switching, density sensor, vibration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20131DOI: 10.1109/16.877188ISI: 000090135700029OAI: diva2:338824
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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