We demonstrate a significant improvement in the quality factor (Q) of film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs) in liquid environments via the integration of microfluidic channels. Our device consists of a longitudinal-mode excited zinc oxide (ZnO) FBAR and parylene-encapsulated microfluidic channels. Considerable enhancement in the Q of the resonant system is obtained by confining the liquid in the microfluidic channels of thickness comparable to the acoustic wavelength. The improved FBAR achieves Q values of up to 120, which represents an improvement of a factor of eight over those of current state-of-the-art devices.
- Acoustic resonators
- Microelectromechanical devices
- Piezoelectric resonators
- Q factor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering