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Special Report:
ECEs and Biomedicine

April 2004


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Yizheng Zhu cleaves fiber during fabrication of a miniature sensor. Zhu has developed the smallest known high-temperature pressure sensor.

World's smallest high-temp pressure sensor

The world’s smallest known high temperature pressure sensor is a mere 125 microns in diameter and can function at temperatures as high as 700° C. Currently available sensors are limited to use in temperatures as high at 500° C.

Developed by Yizheng Zhu, a Ph.D. student in the Center for Photonics Technology (CPT), the sensor is fabricated directly on the tip of a fiber by micromachining and thermal fusion, giving it the same thickness as the optical fiber.

The sensor has minimal cross-sensitivity to temperature, resulting in a simplified sensor system with a wide temperature range. Its small size and low mass give the sensor an extremely high resonant frequency, resulting in a flat response over a very wide range of frequencies.

Sensitivity can be adjusted for different applications, with a pressure range as low as a few psi or as large as 10,000 psi. The sensor is another step toward CPT’s goal of developing pressure sensors that can operate above 1000°.

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