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Title: Shear-horizontal surface acoustic wave phononic device with high density filling material for ultra-low power sensing applications

Finite element simulations of a phononic shear-horizontal surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor based on ST 90°-X Quartz reveal a dramatic reduction in power consumption. The phononic sensor is realized by artificially structuring the delay path to form an acoustic meta-material comprised of a periodic microcavity array incorporating high-density materials such as tantalum or tungsten. Constructive interference of the scattered and secondary reflected waves at every microcavity interface leads to acoustic energy confinement in the high-density regions translating into reduced power loss. Tantalum filled cavities show the best performance while tungsten inclusions create a phononic bandgap. Based on our simulation results, SAW devices with tantalum filled microcavities were fabricated and shown to significantly decrease insertion loss. Our findings offer encouraging prospects for designing low power, highly sensitive portable biosensors.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620 (United States)
  2. Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22303874
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 104; Journal Issue: 25; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CONFINEMENT; DENSITY; FINITE ELEMENT METHOD; INCLUSIONS; INTERFACES; INTERFERENCE; PERIODICITY; POWER LOSSES; SENSORS; SIMULATION; SOUND WAVES; SURFACES; TANTALUM; TUNGSTEN