A Versatile, Fast and Inexpensive Microfabrication Technique Using a One Metal and One Silicon Dioxide Film

George Lopez Subrebost and Kaigham Gabriel
Proceedings of the 2002 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2002), New Orleans, CA, November 17-22, 2002., November, 2002.


Abstract
A versatile fabrication process that allows users to quickly construct micromachined structures using a one metal, one silicon dioxide film stack on a silicon wafer is presented. This simplified process, which we have labeled Mock CMOS or M-CMOS, (a) starts from pre-processed wafers and requires only one photolithography step, (b) provides a conductor material for actuating electrostatic and thermal devices, (c) avoids electrical shorting between metal microstructures or to the silicon substrate by using silicon dioxide as an insulator, and (d) allows quick prototyping of true CMOS-MEMS structures similar to those designed at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Devices successfully microfabricated with M-CMOS include surface-normal and lateral electrostatic and thermal actuators, the majority of which were designed by forty students in an Introduction to MEMS course in Fall 2001 at Carnegie Mellon University.

Keywords
Microfabrication, Bimorph structure, MEMS course

Notes
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Microelectromechanical Systems Laboratory
Number of pages: 7

Text Reference
George Lopez Subrebost and Kaigham Gabriel, "A Versatile, Fast and Inexpensive Microfabrication Technique Using a One Metal and One Silicon Dioxide Film," Proceedings of the 2002 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2002), New Orleans, CA, November 17-22, 2002., November, 2002.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Subrebost_2002_4141,
   author = "George Lopez Subrebost and Kaigham Gabriel",
   title = "A Versatile, Fast and Inexpensive Microfabrication Technique Using a One Metal and One Silicon Dioxide Film",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 2002 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2002), New Orleans, CA, November 17-22, 2002.",
   publisher = "ASME",
   month = "November",
   year = "2002",
   volume = "2",
}