Electrostatically vacuum sealed tunneling magnetic field sensors

H. W. Park, B. K. Ju, D. J. Lee, J. H. Park, M. H. Oh

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This work reports the tunneling effects of the lateral field emitters. Tunneling effect is applicable to the VMFS(vacuum magnetic field sensors). VMFS uses the fact that the trajectory of the emitted electrons are curved by the magnetic field due to Lorentz force. Poly-silicon cantilevers were used as field emitters and anode materials. Thickness of the emitter and the anode were 2μm, respectively. PSG(phospho-silicate-glass) was used as a sacrificial layer and it was etched by HF. Cantilevers were doped with POCl3(1020cm3). 2μm-thick cantilevers were fabricated onto PSG(2μm-thick). Sublimation drying method was used at releasing step to avoid stiction. Then, the device was vacuum sealed. Device was fixed to a sodalime-glass#1 with silver paste and it was wire bonded. Glass#1 has a predefined hole and a sputtered silicon-film at backside. The front-side of the device was sealed with a sodalime-glass#2 using the glass frit. After getter insertion via the hole, backside of the glass#1 was sealed electrostatically with a sodalime-glass#3 at 10-6 torr. After sealing, getter was activated. Sealing was successful to operate the tunneling device. The packaged VMFS showed reduced emission current compared with the chamber test prior to sealing. The emission currents were changed when the magnetic field was induced. A VMFS of angular anodes were tested and its sensitivity was about 3%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-43
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE- The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Anodic bonding
  • Cantilever
  • Field emission
  • Hermetic sealing
  • Magnetic field sensor
  • Stiction
  • Tunneling
  • VMFS
  • Vacuum bonding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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