Bulk disk resonator based ultrasensitive mass sensor

Alberto Cagliani, Zachary James Davis

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    In the framework of developing an innovative label-free sensor for multiarrayed biodetection applications, we present a novel bulk resonator based mass sensor. The sensor is a polysilicon disk which shows a Q-factor of 6400 in air at 68.8 MHz, resulting in mass resolutions down in the femtogram range. The sensor has been characterized in terms of sensitivity both for distributed mass detection, performing six consecutive depositions of e-beam evaporated Au, and localized mass detection, depositing approximately 7.5 pg of Pt/Ga/C three times consecutively with a Focused Ion Beam system. The sensor has an extremely high distributed mass to frequency shift sensitivity of 60104 Hzcm2/¿g and shows a localized mass to frequency sensitivity up to 4405 Hz/pg with a localized mass resolution down to 15 fg. The device has been fabricated with a new microfabrication process that uses only two photolitographic steps in order to minimize cost and complexity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSensors, 2009 IEEE
    Publication date2009
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-4548-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event8th IEEE Conference on Sensors - Christchurch, New Zealand
    Duration: 25 Oct 200928 Oct 2009


    Conference8th IEEE Conference on Sensors
    CountryNew Zealand

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