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Introduction to Sensors

1st Edition

By John Vetelino, Aravind Reghu

CRC Press

210 pages | 150 B/W Illus.

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The need for new types of sensors is more critical than ever. This is due to the emergence of increasingly complex technologies, health and security concerns of a burgeoning world population, and the emergence of terrorist activities, among other factors. Depending on their application, the design, fabrication, testing, and use of sensors, all require various kinds of both technical and nontechnical expertise.

With this in mind, Introduction to Sensors examines the theoretical foundations and practical applications of electrochemical, piezoelectric, fiber optic, thermal, and magnetic sensors and their use in the modern era. Incorporating information from sensor-based industries to review current developments in the field, this book:

  • Presents a complete sensor system that includes the preparation phase, the sensing element and platform, and appropriate electronics resulting in a digital readout
  • Discusses solid-state electronic sensors, such as the metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) capacitor, the micromachined capacitive polymer, and the Schottky diode sensors
  • Uses the two-dimensional hexagonal lattice as an example to detail the basic theory associated with piezoelectricity
  • Explores the fundamental relationship between stress, strain, electric field, and electric displacement

The magnetic sensors presented are used to determine measurands such as the magnetic field and semiconductor properties, including carrier concentration and mobility. Offering the human body and the automobile as examples of entities that rely on a multiplicity of sensors, the authors address the application of various types of sensors, as well as the theory and background information associated with their development and the materials used in their design. The coverage in this book reveals the underlying rationale for the application of different sensors while also defining the properties and characteristics of each.

Table of Contents


The Human Body as a Sensor System

Sensors in an Automobile

Classification of Sensors

Example of a Gas Sensor: The Taguchi Sensor

The Sensor as a Passive or Active Element

The Sensor as Part of a Measurement System

Sensor Properties

Historical Development of Sensors

Sensor System

Electrochemical Sensors

Conductimetric Sensors

Semiconducting Metal Oxide Sensors


Other Solid-State Electrochemical Gas Sensors

Concluding Remarks

Piezoelectric Sensors

Classification of Piezoelectric Sensors

Piezoelectric Materials as Intelligent or Smart Materials

The Piezoelectric Effect

The Properties of Nonpiezoelectric and Piezoelectric Materials

Piezoelectric Stress/Pressure Sensor

Piezoelectric Accelerometer

Active Piezoelectric Sensors

Bulk Acoustic Wave Sensor

Bulk Acoustic Wave Sensor Response Measurement

Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors

Fiber Optic Sensors


Light Leaking and Absorption in the Fiber Optic Link

Fiber Link and Materials

Communication Applications

Fiber Optic Sensors

Thermal Sensors

Resistance Thermometers

Theory of Metal-Based Thermometers

Properties of Metal-Based Thermometers

Theory of Semiconductor-Based Thermometers

Thermistor Properties

Concluding Remarks

Magnetic Sensors

Natural and Man-Made Magnetic Fields

Materials Used in Magnetic Sensors

Principles of Magnetic Sensors

Solid-State Magnetic Sensors


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