Silicon-Based Resonant Microsensors
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The presentation gives an introduction to resonant microsensors providing a frequency output signal. These sensors generally benefit from an excellent frequency resolution, which is ideally limited only by the length of the counting period and the short-term frequency stability of the microstructure's resonance frequency. Device-level and system-level approaches to generate a measurand-dependent frequency signal are discussed and concepts to improve Q-factor, short-term frequency stability and ultimately sensor resolution are highlighted. Furthermore, the presentation discusses frequency drift challenges and introduces methods for drift compensation. The above concepts and approaches are illustrated using two resonant microsensor examples: (i) a mass-sensitive microsensor platform for gas- and liquid-phase chemical sensing based on disktype silicon microstructures and (ii) a cantilever-based resonant magnetic microsensor with a resolution suitable for Earth field applications.
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