Analytical study on the capacitive accelerometer's fingers in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)

Farizah Saharil, Agus Santoso Tamsir, Burhanuddin Yeop Majlis

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Abstract

This paper presents new analytical study on the capacitive accelerometer's fingers which utilizes branched comb finger electrode instead of the conventional straight tinger electrode. It employs capacitive sensing using overlaparea variation between comb electrode and the suspension beam to provide higher sensitivity without compromising pull-in voltage, full-scale range, or bandwidth besides the ease of fabrication. Mathematical formulations of each structure are derived and analyzed using numerical analysis. Three shapes of finger electrodes, which consist of branched fingers, triangle shaped fmgers and semicircle shaped fingers are compared to obtain the optimal shape with the highest capacitance and sensitivity. The result shows that the semi-circle shaped electrodes have the highest capacitance of 915 fF and sensitivity of -449.4 pF/ μm for a single 240 pm x 4.6 μm suspension beam with 3 μm structure thickness followed by the triangle shaped fingers with capacitance of 29 fF and -124.7 pF/μm and the branched comb lingers with 42.5 fF and -106.3 pF/ μm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSE 2002 - 2002 IEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, Proceedings
Pages552-556
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event2002 5th IEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, ICSE 2002 - Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 19 Dec 200221 Dec 2002

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, Proceedings, ICSE

Conference

Conference2002 5th IEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Electronics, ICSE 2002
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityPenang
Period19/12/0221/12/02

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