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Finite element modelling of particle sensors based on Solidly Mounted Resonators

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A highly sensitive acoustic wave device based on Solidly Mounted Resonators (SMR) has been designed and modelled as part of the development of a smart monolithic sensor system for the detection of fine particles (PM2.5 and PM10). A 3D finite element model has been developed based on COMSOL software for the two-port resonators, operating at a frequency of 870 MHz. The model explores the frequency response of the SMRs to the deposition of different sizes particles. A comparative study between SMR devices using two different types of acoustic mirrors (W/SiO 2 and Mo/SiO 2) has been performed. From the Finite Element Analysis (FEA), it was demonstrated that the W/SiO 2 based SMR is capable of detecting PM2.5 with a mass sensitivity of 4.8 kHz/pg with Mo/SiO 2 exhibiting sensitivity of 5.3 kHz/pg. The study has demonstrated suitability of SMR devices for CMOS integration in a low-cost, miniature smart sensor system for the monitoring of airborne particulate matter.




Villa-López, F. H., Thomas, S., Cole, M., & Gardner, J. W. (2014). Finite element modelling of particle sensors based on Solidly Mounted Resonators. In Proceedings of IEEE Sensors (Vol. 2014-December, pp. 574–577). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

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