Both thoretical and experimental studies of the substrate effect on the thermal behavior of a PbTiO3 infrared (IR) sensor have been reported. With active cantilever dimensions of 200 x 100 x 5 urn3 formed by etching processes, the pyroelectric micro-electro-mechanical system (pyro/MEMS) structure exhibits a much superior performance to that of a traditional IRsensing bulk structure under the 800-juW incident optical light with wavelength of 970 nm. Two-order improvement in current responsivity is obtained for the pyro/MEMS structure. This shows the substrate effect on the performance of a pyro/MEMS IR sensor is very significant. A simple model has also been proposed to illustrate the substrate effect more comprehensively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering