MEMS-based microsensors using piezoelectric thin films as sensors and actuators

  • Takeshi Kobayashi
  • Hironao Okada
  • Natsumi Makimoto
  • Syoji Oyama
  • Hiroshi Funakubo
  • Tohishiro Itoh
  • Ryutaro Maeda
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Abstract

Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) thin films are attractive for the application to MEMS-based microsensors. PZT thin films can act as sensors and actuators through direct and indirect piezoelectric effect. Moreover, it is possible to integrate the piezoelectric thin films for sensor and actuator. The present study describes MEMS-based electrostatic field sensors using PZT thin films as displacement sensors and vibration actuators. The self-sensitive piezoelectric microcantilevers have Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) thin films for sensor and actuator. The MEMS-EFS were fabricated through sol-gel deposition of PZT thin films and MEMS microfabrication process. An output voltage of the PZT thin films for sensor was found to be proportional to the displacement of the microcantilevers. Self-excited vibration of the microcantilevers has been achieved by amplifying and forwarding the output voltage of the PZT thin films for sensor with a band-pass filter circuit. The developed MEMS-EFS can evaluate an electrotatic field of −3 to 3 kV with good linearity.

Keywords

piezoelectric PZT MEMS electrostatic field sensor 

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Acknowledgement

This research is granted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) through the “Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST Program),” initiated by the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeshi Kobayashi
    • 1
  • Hironao Okada
    • 1
  • Natsumi Makimoto
    • 1
  • Syoji Oyama
    • 2
  • Hiroshi Funakubo
    • 3
  • Tohishiro Itoh
    • 1
  • Ryutaro Maeda
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)IbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Hirose Electric Co.Yokohama, KanagawaJapan
  3. 3.Tokyo Institute of TechnologyYokohama, KanagawaJapan

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