Other Surface-Acoustic-Wave Based Instruments

  • Diethelm JohannsmannEmail author
Part of the Soft and Biological Matter book series (SOBIMA)


There is a variety of sensing instruments making use of acoustic waves (often shear waves) near interfaces. Among the concepts shared between the QCM and these instruments are the mass sensitivity and the acoustic reflectivity as a central intermediate parameter. The kHz resonators measure viscoelastic parameters at frequencies more relevant to most applications than MHz frequencies. On the other hand, they are less sensitive. Smaller resonators operating at higher frequencies tend to have better mass-sensitivity.


Rayleigh Wave Surface Acoustic Wave Frequency Reading Thickness Shear Mode Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer 
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Definition (Comments)


Effective area of the resonator plate


Speed of propagation




As an index: film


Resonance frequency


Resonance frequency at the fundamental (f 0 = Z q /(2m q ) = Z q /(2ρ q d q ))


As an index: Guiding Layer


Planck constant


Mass of a resonator

\( \tilde{r}_{q,S} \)

Reflectivity evaluated at the resonator surface


Acoustic wave impedance of AT-cut quartz (Z q  = 8.8 × 106 kg m−2 s−1)


Wavelength of sound


Imaginary part of a resonance frequency


Spring constant of a resonator


Drag coefficient of a resonator


Angular frequency


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  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryClausthal University of TechnologyClausthal-ZellerfeldGermany

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