Patrick Pons

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A novel design of a highly sensitive wireless passive radio frequency strain transducer is presented based on a patch antenna loaded with an open loop that is capable of sensing strain remotely. The new idea of utilizing a cantilever at the gap of the open loop significantly improves the sensitivity of resonant frequency shifts. In measurements, the(More)
In this article we investigate the effect of relative humidity on dielectric charging/discharging processes in electrostatically actuated MEMS devices. The assessment procedure is based on surface potential measurements using Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM) and it targets in this specific work PECVD silicon nitride films in view of application in(More)
A highly sensitive wireless passive radio frequency strain transducer is designed and developed based on a patch antenna loaded with an open loop. A novel idea of utilizing a cantilever at the gap of the open loop significantly improves the sensitivity of resonant frequency shifts. The ground plane allows the sensitivity of the sensor to be independent from(More)
The wireless measurement of various physical quantities from the analysis of the RADAR Cross Sections variability of passive electromagnetic sensors is presented. A millimetre-wave Frequency-Modulated Continuous-Wave RADAR is used for both remote sensing and wireless identification of sensors. Long reading ranges (up to some decameters) may be reached at(More)
This paper demonstrates the efficiency of a new methodology using a commercial nanoindenter coupling with electrical measurement on test vehicles specially designed to investigate the micro contact reliability. This study examines the response of gold contacts with 5 μm2 square bumps under various levels of current flowing through contact asperities.(More)
Temperature sensing is critical in many automotive, medical, and industrial systems for applications such as engine operations, space shuttle and aircraft in-flight conditions, and road and bridge health. A passive wireless temperature sensor would enable remote sensing and long term monitoring for those applications. Most existing temperature sensors(More)
The dielectric charging is one of the major failures reducing the reliability of capacitive switches with electrostatic actuation. Then the control of the charging/discharging processes is a key factor to allow a fast recovering of the dielectric after charging. From transient current measurements on MIM capacitors it is possible to select the best material(More)