Thin-film ZnO as micromechanical actuator at low frequencies

F.R. Blom, D.J. Yntema, F.C.M. van de Pol, M. Elwenspoek, J.H.J. Fluitman, Th.J.A. Popma

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    A new model is proposed for the low-frequency piezoelectric activity of ZnO films grown on CVD SiO2. In this MOS structure, with ZnO as the semiconductor, a depletion layer is induced by means of a d.c. bias voltage. Using standard semiconductor theory, an expression is derived relating the electric field in this depletion layer with the driving a.c. and d.c. voltages. Due to the built-in charge at the ZnO-SiO2 interface, a depletion layer exists, even when no d.c. bias is applied. We measured the vibration amplitude at resonance of the tip of a silicon cantilever, upon which the MOS structure was deposited, as function of a.c. and d.c. voltages. The results show good agreement with calculated curves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)226-228
    Number of pages3
    JournalSensors and actuators. A: Physical
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1990
    Event5th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators and Eurosensors III, Transducers '90 - Eurosensors III - Montreux, Switzerland
    Duration: 25 Jun 198930 Jun 1989
    Conference number: 5

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    Blom, F. R., Yntema, D. J., van de Pol, F. C. M., Elwenspoek, M., Fluitman, J. H. J., & Popma, T. J. A. (1990). Thin-film ZnO as micromechanical actuator at low frequencies. Sensors and actuators. A: Physical, 21(1-3), 226-228.