This paper reports on micro-fabricated pressure sensors based on a thin metallic glass membrane. The Pd66Cu4Si30 metallic glass material is deposited successfully by a sputter technique. An amorphous feature of the deposited film is confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and the corresponding the selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The ultra-flat freestanding metallic glass membrane with 50 nm in thickness and 2 mm in circular diameter has been fabricated successfully. In addition, two kinds of micro-fabricated pressure sensor types, including itself membrane and additional metallic glass bar as piezoresistive sensing elements, are proposed and fabricated. A displacement of membrane can reach over 100 µm without any damage to membrane which is equivalent to over 0.7% of an elastic strain. Besides, the temperature coefficient of resistance of the Pd-based metallic glass thin film is extremely low 9.6 × 10−6 °C−1. This development of nano-thick metallic glass membrane possibly opens a new field of micro-fabricated devices with large displacement and enhanced sensing.
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