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High-sensitivity, Low-noise Multi-axis Capacitive Micro-accelerometers. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, August 2009, Pages: 180
High performance, micro-g resolution, small size, low cost, low power accelerometers are needed in many applications such as inertial navigation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and GPS augmentation. Several sensing methods have been used, including piezoresistive/electric, resonant, tunneling, and capacitive techniques. Capacitive sensing has several advantages in terms of high sensitivity, stable DC-characteristics, low power dissipation, low temperature sensitivity, and low noise floor. This research work demonstrates full functionality of high- sensitivity, low-noise capacitive multi-axis accelerometers. In order to achieve micro-g resolution, two different structures have been utilized: a Silicon-On-Glass (SOG) accelerometer, and an all-silicon accelerometer. A monolithic fabrication technique for Post-CMOS MEMS is also developed. Finally, a 3-axis single-chip accelerometer is presented. The 3-axis accelerometer shows >3pF/g sensitivity and sub-?g/rtHz mechanical noise floor. The 3-axis accelerometer with the readout circuit provides noise floor of 1.6?g/rtHz and 1.1?g/rtHz for in-plane and out-of- plane devices, respectively.
Junseok Chae received BS from Korea University, Seoul, Korea, in 1998, and PhD from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003. He is at Arizona State University since 2005. His areas of interest are MEMS sensors/actuators and bioMEMS. He has published over 55 journal/conference articles and holds two US patents. He received NSF CAREER award.