Surface acoustic wave devices with graphene interdigitated transducers

Jian Zhou, Xianglong Shi, Dingbang Xiao, Xuezhong Wu, Jiangpo Zheng, Jikui Luo, Xiang Tao, Hao Jin, Shurong Dong, Ran Tao, Huigao Duan, Yong Qing Fu

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This paper reports the development of high performance surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices by using graphene as a virtually massless interdigital transducer (IDT) to mitigate mass-loading effects. Different layers of graphene electrodes were made and their influences on the SAW device performance were experimentally and theoretically evaluated. Results showed that 4-layer graphene with a value of sheet resistance less than 77.6 Ω/sq. and graphene IDTs of at least 80 pairs are needed to obtain the optimum performance of graphene IDT SAW devices. Furthermore, the optimal ratio of aperture/wavelength for the graphene IDT electrode was found to be 5. Graphene based SAW devices, with a resonance frequency of 154 MHz, transmission signal amplitude of 30 dB and K2 of 3.78%, were fabricated and successfully demonstrated for applications in breathing monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Article number015006
JournalJournal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Issue number1
Early online date26 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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