Using the temperature dependence of resonator quality factor as a thermometer

M. A. Hopcroft, B. Kim, S. Chandorkar, R. Melamud, M. Agarwal, C. M. Jha, G. Bahl, J. Salvia, H. Mehta, H. K. Lee, R. N. Candler, T. W. Kenny

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Silicon micromechanical resonators have been designed to have a quality factor (Q) that is a strong function of temperature. This is an ideal sensor for the temperature of the resonator-it is instantaneous, consumes no power, and indicates the temperature of the resonator structure with high sensitivity. The authors present a practical implementation of an oscillator system using these resonators with a temperature resolution of better than 0.002 °C. The Q (T) signal is uniquely suited for implementing feedback control of the resonator temperature, thereby stabilizing the frequency silicon micromechanical resonators and enabling their use in high-stability frequency reference applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013505
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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