MEMS-Based Terahertz Detectors

Bilgin, Habib, Yalcinkaya, A. D. and Torun, Hamdi (2015) MEMS-Based Terahertz Detectors. Procedia Engineering, 120. pp. 15-19. ISSN 1877-7058

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A MEMS based novel THz detector structure is designed and realized by micro fabrication. The detector is then characterized to extract its mechanical performance. Operating in 1-5 THz band, the detector has a pixel size of 200 μm × 200 μm. Bimaterial suspension legs consist of Parylene-C and titanium, the pair of which provides a high mismatch in coefficients of thermal expansion. The pixel is a suspended Parylene-C structure having a 200 nm-thick titanium metallization. Operation principle relies on conversion of absorbed THz radiation into heat energy on the pixel. This increases the temperature of the free-standing microstructure that is thermally isolated from the substrate. The increase in temperature induces mechanical deflection due to bimaterial springs. The detector is designed to deliver a noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) less than 500 mK and a refresh rate of 30 Hz.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 10:41
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:32

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