Journal article

MEMS piezoelectric artificial basilar membrane with passive frequency selectivity for short pulse width signal modulation

Jongmoon Jang, Sangwon Kim, David J Sly, Stephen J Oleary, Hongsoo Choi

SENSORS AND ACTUATORS A-PHYSICAL | ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA | Published : 2013

Abstract

We demonstrated a novel MEMS artificial basilar membrane composed of a piezoelectric beam array that mimics the passive frequency selectivity of the cochlea and exhibits acoustic-to-electrical energy conversion. Each beam was designed to have a unique resonance frequency. To determine the resonance frequencies of the beams, the displacement and piezoelectric voltage were measured by applying a periodic chirped signal with a sound pressure level of 109.7 dB. The measured resonance frequencies were in the range 10-37 kHz. The piezoelectric signal was used to modulate a finite pulse-width signal for electrical stimulation; the pulse widths were in the range 0.43-5.1 ms with sound pressure level..

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Grants

Awarded by Korean Government


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korean Government (2011-0013638).