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Low Loss Vhf And Uhf Filters For Wireless Communications Based On Piezoelectrically-Transduced Micromechanical Resonators, Julio Mario Dewdney Jan 2012

Low Loss Vhf And Uhf Filters For Wireless Communications Based On Piezoelectrically-Transduced Micromechanical Resonators, Julio Mario Dewdney

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

For the past decade, a great deal of research has been focused towards developing a viable on-chip solution to replace the current state-of-the-art VHF and UHF filters based on SAW and FBAR technologies. Although filters based on SAW and FBAR devices are capable of fulfilling the basic requirements needed for IF and RF bandpass filtering and reference signal generation, an alternative solution that can enable the next generation of multi-frequency and multi-mode transceivers while enabling size and price reduction by allowing the manufacturing of single-chip monolithic RF transceivers is highly desired. In response to these new needs, piezoelectrically-transduced micromechanical filters ...


Continuous Electrowetting Actuation Utilizing Current Rectification Properties Of Valve Metal Films, Corey Lynch Dec 2010

Continuous Electrowetting Actuation Utilizing Current Rectification Properties Of Valve Metal Films, Corey Lynch

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) is a technique for reducing the apparent contact angle of a fluid droplet, which has many promising applications in the fields of optics, digital displays, and lab-on-a-chip research. In this thesis, a design is presented for a novel single circuit device for achieving continuous droplet motion, by using the current-rectifying properties of valve metals to create diode-like behavior. This contrasts with existing designs, which require an array of individual electrodes to achieve motion in discrete steps. We are able to demonstrate continuous droplet motion across a 28mm-long test strip with an applied voltage of 303 V ...