30 GHz surface acoustic wave transducers with extremely high mass sensitivity

Zheng, Jiangpo, Zhou, Jian, Zeng, Pei, Liu, Yi, Shen, Yiping, Yao, Wenze, Chen, Zhe, Wu, Jianhui, Xiong, Shuo, Chen, Yiqin, Shi, Xianglong, Liu, Jie, Fu, Richard and Duan, Huigao (2020) 30 GHz surface acoustic wave transducers with extremely high mass sensitivity. Applied Physics Letters, 116 (12). p. 123502. ISSN 0003-6951

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A nano-patterning process is reported in this work, which can achieve surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices with an extremely high frequency and a super-high mass sensitivity. An integrated lift-off process with ion beam milling is used to minimize the short-circuiting problem and improve the quality of nanoscale interdigital transducers (IDTs). A specifically designed proximity-effect-correction algorithm is applied to mitigate the proximity effect occurring in the electron-beam lithography process. The IDTs with a period of 160 nm and a finger width of 35 nm are achieved, enabling a frequency of ∼30 GHz on lithium niobate based SAW devices. Both centrosymmetric type and axisymmetric type IDT structures are fabricated, and the results show that the centrosymmetric type tends to excite lower-order Rayleigh waves and the axisymmetric type tends to excite higher-order wave modes. A mass sensitivity of ∼388.2 MHz × mm2/μg is demonstrated, which is ∼109 times larger than that of a conventional quartz crystal balance and ∼50 times higher than a conventional SAW device with a wavelength of 4 μm.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 11:38
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42677

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