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MEMS, Filter, Electrostatic Levitation, High Voltage


Traditional MEMS filters use a comb drive structure that suffers from the pull- in instability, which places a significant limitation on the achievable signal-to- noise ration of the sensor. Because the output signal from a capacitive sensor

is linearly related to the applied voltage, it is desirable to use a capacitive sensor that can withstand large voltages upwards of 100V. However, the pull-in instability causes high voltages to destroy the device and a trade-off between performance and reliability must be made. Electrostatic levitation, which works by pulling electrodes apart instead of together, eliminates the pull-in instability and allows for very high voltages to be applied without damaging or destroying the sensor/actuator. This study theoretically and experimentally demonstrates that a filter based on electrostatic levitation eliminates the voltage limitation of the capacitive sensor, which has historically hampered the performance of the filter. A model of the filter is derived and validated with experimental data. Voltages up to 100V are applied without damaging the filter.

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Final version published in Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (Elsevier), DOI 10.1016/j.ymssp.2020.107250.



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