Capacitive long-range position sensor for microactuators


Kuijpers, A.A. and Wiegerink, R.J. and Krijnen, G.J.M. and Lammerink, T.S.J. and Elwenspoek, M.C. (2004) Capacitive long-range position sensor for microactuators. In: 17th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2004, January 25-29 , 2004, Maastricht, The Netherlands (pp. pp. 544-546).

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Abstract:Design, fabrication and measurements for a capacitive long-range position sensor for microactuators are presented. The sensor consists of two periodic geometries (period ≈ 8-16 µm) on resp. a slider and a sense-structure with minimal gap-distance of ~ 1 µm. A relative displacement between the two results in a periodic change in capacitance. In open-loop operation the change in capacitance vs. slider displacement is measured using synchronous detection. Adjusting the minimal gap-distance with additional sense-actuators increases the capacitance. In closed-loop operation the position of the sense-structure is controlled to keep the sensor-capacitance at a larger constant value. Our results indicate that the position precision is increased to 18 nm in closed-loop operation compared to 70 nm in open-loop operation.
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