Capillary condensation and quantum vacuum effects on the pull-in voltage of electrostatic switches with self-affine rough plates

George Palasantzas*

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Abstract

In this work, we study the influence of capillary forces in combination with electrostatic and quantum vacuum generated forces on the pull-in voltage of microswitches having self-affine rough surfaces. This type of roughness is described by the rms roughness amplitude w, the in-plane correlation length ξ, and the roughness exponent H that quantifies the degree of surface irregularity at short length scales (<ξ). It is shown that an attractive capillary force decreases more the effective pull-in voltage when the plate surfaces are rougher. The latter corresponds to smaller roughness exponents H and/or larger long wavelength roughness ratios w∕ξ. Notably, the capillary contribution increases the sensitivity of the effective pull-in voltage on the roughness exponent H. This behavior takes place for values of H close to its experimental accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number054503
Pages (from-to)054503-1 - 054503-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume100
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Sep-2006

Keywords

  • HEIGHT-HEIGHT CORRELATION
  • RF MEMS SWITCHES
  • CASIMIR FORCE
  • X-RAY
  • SURFACE-ROUGHNESS
  • ACTUATORS
  • SCATTERING
  • ADHESION
  • SPECTRUM
  • BEHAVIOR

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