Longitudinal bulk acoustic mass sensor

Jan Harry Hales, Jordi Teva, Anja Boisen, Zachary James Davis

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    A polycrystalline silicon longitudinal bulk acoustic cantilever is fabricated and operated in air at 51 MHz. A mass sensitivity of 100 Hz/fg (1 fg=10(-15) g) is obtained from the preliminary experiments where a minute mass is deposited on the device by means of focused ion beam. The total noise in the currently applied measurement system allows for a minimum detectable mass of 0.5 fg in air.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)033506
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    • cantilevers
    • elemental semiconductors
    • bulk acoustic wave devices
    • silicon
    • focused ion beam technology
    • mass measurement


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