Fabrication, RF Characteristics and Mechanical Stability of Self-Assembled 3D Microwave Inductors

Dahlmann, Gerald W. and Yeatman, Eric M. and Young, Paul R. and Robertson, Ian D. and Lucyszyn, Stepan (2002) Fabrication, RF Characteristics and Mechanical Stability of Self-Assembled 3D Microwave Inductors. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 97-98 . pp. 215-220. ISSN 0924-4247. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We present a method for the fabrication of vertical inductors for radio-frequency and microwave applications. This process uses five levels of lithography and electroplating, with no substrate removal, high temperatures or serial process steps. Rotation of the inductors perpendicular to the substrate is achieved by surface tension driven self-assembly, giving separation from the substrate and therefore increasing substantially the Q and self-resonant frequencies. Meander and spiral air-bridged inductors of up to 5.5 nH are demonstrated. The Q of 2 nH inductors shows an increase from 4 to 20 after having undergone the self-assembly process. Mechanical sensitivity is evaluated through finite element modelling, and the maximum displacements indicated are below 10 nm for 1 g of loading. Mechanical resonance frequencies are found within the 6-15 kHz range. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics (see also: telecommunications),
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Broadband & Wireless Communications
Depositing User: Yiqing Liang
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2008 10:05
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 11:25
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/7293 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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