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A Low-Power, Low-Cost Infra-Red Emitter in CMOS Technology

Ali, SZ and De Luca, A and Hopper, R and Boual, S and Gardner, J and Udrea, F (2015) A Low-Power, Low-Cost Infra-Red Emitter in CMOS Technology. IEEE Sensors Journal, 15. pp. 6775-6782. ISSN 1530-437X

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© 2001-2012 IEEE. In this paper, we present the design and characterization of a low-power low-cost infra-red emitter based on a tungsten micro-hotplate fabricated in a commercial 1-μm silicon on insulator-CMOS technology. The device has a 250- μm diameter resistive heater inside a 600- μm diameter thin dielectric membrane. We first present electro-thermal and optical device characterization, long term stability measurements, and then demonstrate its application as a gas sensor for a domestic boiler. The emitter has a dc power consumption of only 70 mW, a total emission of 0.8 mW across the 2.5-15- μm wavelength range, a 50% frequency modulation depth of 70 Hz, and excellent reproducibility from device-to-device. We also compare two larger emitters (heater size of 600 and 1800μ m) made in the same technology that have a much higher infra-red emission, but at the detriment of higher power consumption. Finally, we demonstrate that carbon nanotubes can be used to significantly enhance the thermo-optical transduction efficiency of the emitter.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div B > Electronics, Power & Energy Conversion
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:59
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 02:30