Microwave characteristics of liquid-crystal tunable capacitors

Inst. of Electron. Eng., Nat. Tsing-Hua Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan
IEEE Electron Device Letters (Impact Factor: 2.79). 08/2005; DOI: 10.1109/LED.2005.851118
Source: IEEE Xplore

ABSTRACT This letter investigates the microwave characteristics of the liquid crystal tunable capacitors for the first time. With the dielectric anisotropy properties, the liquid crystal capacitors present very different characteristics compared to the semiconductor or MEMS tunable capacitors. A quality factor of 310 with a control voltage of 5 V was achieved at 4 GHz. A tuning range of 25.3% for the control voltages from 0 to 5 V was obtained at 5 GHz. The results demonstrate the potential applications of liquid crystals as dielectric materials for capacitors with high quality factors and wide tuning ranges at high frequencies, particularly suitable for the future flexible electronics with transparent substrates.

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