We report the fabrication and performance of a micromachined Y-cut quartz resonator based thermal infrared detector array. 1 mm diameter and 18 μm thick (90 MHz) inverted mesa configuration quartz resonator arrays with excellent resonance characteristics have been fabricated by RIE etching of quartz. Temperature sensitivity of 7.2 kHz/K was experimentally measured. Infrared calibration tests on the resonator array even without the use of infrared absorbers gave a responsivity of 14.3 MHz/W and an NEP of 326 nW. In this first report on the performance of the Y-cut quartz resonator infrared thermal detector array, the response time measurements were found to be limited by the slow measurement time of the impedance scans and the undesired heating of the quartz substrate. Most importantly, this initial work demonstrates the possibility of realizing infrared detector arrays for room temperature thermal imaging applications that can rival current state of the art in the field.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering