Finite element modelling of a thin‐film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR)

Concettina Buccella (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy)
Valerio De Santis (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy)
Mauro Feliziani (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy)
Piero Tognolatti (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy)

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to propose a three‐dimensional (3D) finite element analysis to evaluate the electrical performances of a FBAR (thin‐film bulk acoustic resonator) resonator.

Design/methodology/approach

The piezoelectric theory that uses an equivalent circuit is able to evaluate the thickness‐extensional vibration modes in simple 1D configuration but it is not adequate to predict spurious modes with lateral wave vector. Therefore, a fully 3D finite element analysis has been carried out to evaluate the characteristics of a real FBAR prototype that has been fabricated in a research center.

Findings

The measured characteristics of the FBAR prototype are compared with simulations obtained by the 3D finite element analysis. The agreement between experimental and numerical results confirms the accuracy of the proposed technique.

Originality/value

The paper proposes a 3‐D numerical approach to design and analyze the electrical characteristics of a real FBAR which has been fabricated following the guidelines obtained by the proposed numerical design.

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Citation

Buccella, C., De Santis, V., Feliziani, M. and Tognolatti, P. (2008), "Finite element modelling of a thin‐film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR)", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 27 No. 6, pp. 1296-1306. https://doi.org/10.1108/03321640810905774

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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