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The effect of microwave radiation on polyvinyl chloride-graphite thick film resistors

Kandagaddla Venkatasubrahmanayam (Department of Instrument Technology, Andhra University College of Engineering (A), Andhra University, Visakhapatanam, India)
Busi Ram Babu (Department of Instrument Technology, Andhra University College of Engineering (A), Andhra University, Visakhapatanam, India)
Billa Poornaiah (Department of Instrument Technology, Andhra University College of Engineering (A), Andhra University, Visakhapatanam, India)
Yarravarapu Srinivasa Rao (Department of Instrument Technology, Andhra University College of Engineering (A), Andhra University, Visakhapatanam, India)

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 29 April 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the microwave interactions in polymer thick film resistors, namely, polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-graphite thick film resistors, and its applications in trimming of these resistors.

Design/methodology/approach

We applied microwave radiation in the form of pulses of various pulse durations and with different powers to polymer thick film resistors and observed the variation of resistance of these resistors with microwave radiation.

Findings

The paper finds that microwave radiation can be used for trimming of polymer thick film resistors.

Research limitations/implications

The research implication of this paper is that polymer thick film resistors can be trimmed practically using this method.

Practical implications

The practical implication of this paper is that we can trim the polymer thick film resistors, namely, PVC-graphite thick film resistor, by using this method.

Originality/value

The value of the paper is in showing that microwave radiation can be used to trim downwards in the case of high-value resistors and trim upwards in the case of low-value resistors.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their deep sense of gratitude to Kamalakar, the Director, and Laksmhi Prasad, Group Director of Laboratory for Optics and Electronics Systems, Bangalore, India for permitting us to work in their laboratories.

Citation

Venkatasubrahmanayam, K., Ram Babu, B., Poornaiah, B. and Srinivasa Rao, Y. (2014), "The effect of microwave radiation on polyvinyl chloride-graphite thick film resistors", Microelectronics International, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 99-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/MI-09-2013-0041

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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