Frequency shifted, vacuum pressure sensor

Patent Number: 10,317,300
Issued: 6/11/2019
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Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus that includes a varactor and an inductor to form a resonant circuit that oscillates at a resonant frequency. The resonant frequency is a function of a pressure of a gas within an aperture of the varactor. In some embodiment, the varactor includes a first layer of p-type material, a first layer of n-type material, and a first np junction formed between the layer of p-type material and the layer of n-type material. The aperture extends at least partially through the layer of p-type material, at least partially through the layer of n-type material, and entirely through the np junction.
Filed: 9/30/2016
Application Number: 15/281,909
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.