Impacts of Heavy Particle Irradiation on Very High Frequency Microelectromechanical Resonators

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This study explores the interrelationship between silicon ion irradiation and piezoelectrically-actuated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators. Specifically, it assesses the effect of incorporating a thin silicon oxide (SiO2) dielectric layer into the resonator structure. The MEMS resonators engineered for this investigation include Aluminum Nitride on Silicon (AlN-on-Si) and AlN-SiO2-Si width extensional mode (WEM) types. These devices underwent irradiation with 2 MeV Si+ ions at a total fluence of 5 x 1014 ions cm-2. On-site S-parameter measurements were conducted. The research quantitatively outlines radiation-induced damage coefficients, elucidating their influence on key performance metrics such as resonant frequency (fr), quality factor (Q), motional resistance (Rm), and electromechanical coupling factor ((keff2).


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IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings (IUS 2023)

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