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Title: Smart Sensors and MEMS

Author: Sergey Y. Yurish (Editor), Maria Teresa S.R. Gomes (Editor)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Hardcover: 480 pages

Pubdate: January, 2005

ISBN: 1402029276

Price: $ 89.95 (paperback), $ 199.00 (hardcover)

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Chapter 12. Uncooled Infrared MEMS Detectors

(P.G. Datskos and N.V. Lavrik)





Bimaterial microcantilevers arranged into focal plane arrays (FPAs) can function as uncooled IR imaging devices. In order to analyze the performance of such devices and compare various FPAs, it is essential to have an in-depth understanding of their operation, figures of merit, and fundamental limitations. We give an overview of figures of merit that are applicable to both cooled and uncooled IR detectors. Specific focus of this chapter is a performance analysis for microcantilever IR detectors with an optical readout. We discuss responsivity of microcantilever IR detectors and analyze the different sources (and mechanisms) of noise present in them. A model SiNx microcantilever device with an Al layer in the bimaterial region was fabricated and its performance as an IR detector was analyzed.

Keywords: IR detector, thermal detector, focal place array, MEMS, microcantilever, bolometer, uncooled, figures of merit, responsivity, NETD, response time, noise, temperature fluctuation, thermo-mechanical, thermal isolation


Panos Datskos, Professor, Dr., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Engineering Science and Technology Division, Bldg. 4500S, Rm H-160, MS 6141,Bethel Valley Rd., MS6141, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6141, USA, E-mail: pgd@ornl.gov

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