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We present a deep investigation of pyroelectric fields generated by lithium niobate crystals through integrated microheater structures. The microheaters are made of highly compact titanium microcircuits able to dissipate heat through a low-power consuming Joule effect. Microheaters with diverse geometries were designed and fabricated on the +Z face of lithium niobate crystals, in order to characterize pyroelectric fields with different distributions. The pyroelectric effect was studied under ambient conditions analysing the current impulses detected using a metallic probe connected to an oscilloscope. The current impulses were related to the air breakdown induced by the electric field arising between the −Z face of the crystal and the metallic tip. We show that the fabrication technique is relatively easy to accomplish and we analyse the thermal behaviour of the microheaters both theoretically and experimentally. The …
Publication date: 
1 Jul 2017

S Bhowmick, M Iodice, M Gioffrè, G Breglio, A Irace, M Riccio, G Romano, S Grilli, P Ferraro, L Mecozzi, S Coppola, O Gennari, R Rega, G Coppola

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Volume: 261 Pages: 140-150
Sensors and Actuators A: Physical