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A Very High Sensitive Interferometric Phononic Crystal Liquid Sensor

Hamed Gharibi1, Aynaz Khaligh1, Ali Bahrami1* and Habib Badri Ghavifekr2

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Optoelectronics and Nanophotonic Research Lab. (ONRL), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran 2

Microelectronics Research Lab., Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

*Corresponding author. A. Bahrami; Tel.: +98 33459419; Fax: +98 33459419 E-mail address: [email protected] Address: Optoelectronics and Nanophotonic Research Lab. (ONRL), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

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Abstract

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In this work, a novel structure has been proposed in order to design a highly sensitive phononic-

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crystals-based sensor for sensing different water-ethanol mixtures. The proposed structure

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consists of the steel background and water-filled holes as inclusions. Having a resonant mode

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inside the band gap is very important for wave propagation inside the structure and performance

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analysis of the sensor. The defect mode has been created by utilizing a linear radii-decreased

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hollow cylinder. Also, the proposed structure includes two unequal pathways to use the

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interferometric advantages of the asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometers. In this work, the

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frequency change arises by changing the material concentration of defects area which is a water-

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ethanol mixture. The proposed phononic crystal-based sensor displays this frequency change

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well by varying the sound’s speed of the propagating wave inside the structure. Finally, the

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sensor was optimized for a sensing step of 0.2% concentration of the analyzed mixture.

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Keywords: Phononic crystals; Liquid sensor; Mach-Zehnder interference; Irreducible brillouin

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zone; Finite element method

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1. Introduction

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Phononic crystals (PnCs) are artificial periodic homogeneous structures which allow

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phonon vibrating in lattice constant. In recent decades, phononic crystals have introduced a large

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variety of applications, such as sensing [1], filtering [2], demultiplexing [3], etc. In 1979,

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Narayanamurti et al. were focused on limiting the wave propagation at high-frequencies [4]. The

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main feature of phononic crystals is controlling and manipulating of acoustic wave inside the

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structure. Using the wave vector-frequency relation and frequency analysis of these structures, a

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unique curve is obtained, called band structure, which is the basis of the desired structure's

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behavior versus input waves. Due to the difference in the elastic and acoustic properties of

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materials used, their band structure may comprise a region in which waves within the frequency

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range are not allowed to propagate inside the structure [5]. In Bragg's scattering conditions,

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oscillation velocity of the phonon reaches the lowest value, and the propagation of any frequency

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will be forbidden in this region [6].

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Lucklum et al. have previously investigated the phononic crystals sensor which was able

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to evaluate the water and 1-propanol properties [7]. They used a steel background with air

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cavities and then placed the model in a glass container of water. The shift in frequency was due

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to the density and speed of sound’s variations. In a different work, Oseev et al. have presented a

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structure with a linear defect which led to estimate general properties of the gasoline [8]. In

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2018, Nagaty et al. introduced a one-dimensional structure including multilayer aluminum and

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epoxy. The defect region was based on a piezomagnetic material called Terfenol-D. This

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material changes the resonance mode’s location in the dispersion curve by varying its

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piezomagnetic properties which were affected by the variable external applied pressure [9]. In

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2016, a phononic sensor has been introduced that senses only some strict percentages of liquids

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such as Hexanol-n-Propanol, etc [10].

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In this work, a two-dimensional structure will be introduced with a background of steel

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and the water-filled holes. In the proposed structure a line defect as the waveguide was

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implemented based on the radius change of inclusions. The defect composed of hollow cylinders

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is designed as a line waveguide with two unequal branches. The purpose was to create a

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destructive interference in the transmission process. The linear resonance mode was obtained in

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the band-gap, which is very suitable for our sensor operation. The water-ethanol mixture

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considered as the target material by taking linear values of the density and speed of sound

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relations. Compare to other works in the same field, here we’ve presented a sensor which is

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suitable for specify the target liquid material and sensing very small amounts of that target

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material in the mixture. The main advantage of the proposed structure is that the mentioned

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mixture can be sensed even with 0.2% differences in 0-100% sensitivity range. This is due to

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interference properties of asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer. In this work, A new idea of

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using an asymmetric Mach-Zehnder channel to eliminate additional transmissions is proposed.

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While the substrate material in some PnC-based sensor applications was made of mercury-like

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materials which are highly toxic, the material that is suggested in this work is non-toxic and

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carefully selected with consideration of possibility for fabrication.

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2. Target Sample

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Different concentration percentages of water and ethanol mixtures were chosen from valid

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values as shown in Fig. 1. Input data of this practice have been experimentally obtained by

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Salman et al. [1]. It is obvious that concentration variations of ethanol in the mixture will change

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the acoustic parameters of the material, including the density and speed of sound. 4

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Fig. 1. Density and speed of sound vs different concentrations of ethanol in the water-ethanol

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mixtures

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As can be seen in Fig. 1, x-axis is consisted of different concentration percentages (from 0-

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100%). Note that, the state of water and ethanol is polar and non-polar, respectively. Density-

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concentration relation is assumed to be linear [11]. However, in order to have a linear relation

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between the concentration and speed of sound, these values have divided into the range of 0-10%

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and 13.3-100%. In some cases, the same speed of sound can be observed for two different values

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of concentrations; For example, 5% and 19.2% concentrations are showing a same speed at 1575

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m/s. Therefore, designing a perfect structure that can properly distinguish these similar points is

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going to be a challenge in this work.

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3. Design Procedure

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Generally, the speed of sound plays a dominant role in phononic crystal sensor structures.

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In this work, a two-dimensional phononic crystal structure is constructed by a square matrix of

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water holes and steel background. The filling fraction of the structure has been chosen as

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ff = π r 2 / a 2 = 0.325 , which r = 9mm is the scatterer radius and a is the lattice constant. This

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will help to design a structure that can be fabricated more easily. By doing such, our work area

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will fall into sonic range, which adds an acoustic wave to the structure by using a piezoelectric

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transducer. Physical parameters of constituent materials are provided in Table 1. Table 1. Physical parameters of constituent materials of structure

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Material

Mass density (kg/m3)

Longitudinal and Transvers sound velocity (m/s)

Steel

7780

5825-3230

Water

1000

1490

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Generally, transverse waves can be seen in concrete or rigid mediums. So, waves which are

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propagating through a solid material can be longitudinal or transverse, but those waves that are

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propagating in fluids are mostly longitudinal waves [6]. It should be noted that shear waves are

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exist in viscous fluids. However, water-ethanol mixture is a diluted fluid. Thus, only longitudinal

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waves can propagate in the mixture.

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To begin with, we are going to analyze the smallest part of the structure called unit cell. Its

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irreducible Brillouin zone (IBZ) is investigated by using the finite element method (FEM) as

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shown in Fig. 2.

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Fig. 2. Schematic view of a perfect phononic crystal unit cell and irreducible brillouin zone of the proposed structure

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Figure 2 shows a unit-cell which is the smallest repeating part of the whole structure. The

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values of geometry’s main parameters including lattice constant and inclusion radius, are 28mm

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and 9mm, respectively.

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As part of modal analysis, The Helmholtz equation is applied for given frequency domains.

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Harmonic diversity of fields and sources are given by e i ωt . The governing equations and

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boundary conditions are formulated using the general potential of pressure, called dispersed

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field. In the presence of a pressure background and a stress-dispersion field, the general pressure

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relationship can be introduced as following:

Ptotal = P + Pb

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(1)

where Pb is background pressure and P is scattering pressure. In order to solve acoustic pressure equations, we have:

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k eq 2 1 ∇ * − = Qm ρc (∇pt − qd ) ρc

(2)

k eq 2 = (ω / c ) − k z 2

(3)

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where

ρ is density, c is speed of sound, keq includes both wave numbers and out-of-plane

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wave numbers, Qm is monopole domain source, qd is dipole domain source, p t is total pressure

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and ω is angular frequency. The Bloch-Floquet method is applied on a two-dimensional

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structure for parametric sweep of wave vectors k x and k y on IBZ spans [5]. So the band

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structure diagram is achieved as shown in Fig. 3.

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Fig. 3. Dispersion curve of the proposed 2D phononic crystal structure without defect

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In periodic structures, the most important phenomenon is band gap. The band gap in PnC is

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a frequency range that no acoustic wave is allowed to propagate. 8

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Figure 3 shows the band structure which includes allowed bands as well as a wide band

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gap region. This band gap in PnC represents the forbidden frequency range where acoustic

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waves cannot be propagated through the structure.

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A supercell was designed with a hollow cylinder as defect rod contains two concentric

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circles. The inner circle with a radius of rh2 = 2mm is a soft polymer, and the outer part with a

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radius of rh1 = 3mm contains a mixture of water and ethanol at 20˚C. The soft polymer has been

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applied to fit the acoustic properties with the host material. We obtained the speed of sound and

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mass density of the mixture from the following equations [8]: v = ∑ i =1u i .v i N

(4)

ρ = ∑ i =1 x i . ρi

(5)

N

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where u i is the ratio of sample for speed of sound, x i is the ratio of sample for density

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voluminosity, v i and ρi are the speed of sound and density of water-ethanol mixture,

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respectively. Physical parameters of defect cylinder constituent materials are given by Table 2. Table 2. Physical parameters of constituent materials of defect rods

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Mass density (kg/m3)

Longitudinal sound velocity (m/s)

Soft polymer

960

1000

Ethanol

790

1156

Material

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The supercell analysis was applied on ΓΧ direction of IBZ and defect modes were obtained in the band gap which can be seen in Fig. 4.

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Fig. 4. Dispersion curve of the proposed 2D phononic crystal sensor structure, showing resonance mode in the gap center in presence of defect

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As shown in Fig. 4, the band gap engineering is very important for sensing operation. The

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frequency range of the band gap region completely depends on geometric parameters such as

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lattice constant and holes’ diameters. Defect in the structure is applied in such a way that

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resonance mode is produced for every concentration of ethanol in water-ethanol mixture.

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It is noteworthy that modes which are emerging close to the lower and upper edge of the

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band gap, get distorted during transmission. Such modes are not considered as good propagating

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modes. So, their frequencies are not selected for propagation in the waveguide structure. While

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propagating through waveguide, they enter to the structure and are broadcasting in the crystal;

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because they are close to the allowed modes of the crystal. This means that they are considered 10

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as allowed frequencies that are not in our favor. In general, those resonance modes that are closer

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to the center of the band gap, can better concentrate and confine in the waveguide channel.

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The defect in the structure is applied in such a way that resonance mode is produced for every concentration of ethanol in water-ethanol mixture.

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Finally, a general structure was introduced including line defects as the waveguide

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branches. Three-dimensional schematic of the proposed phononic crystal interferometric sensor

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is depicted in Fig. 5. The holes were filled with water and the defects were filled with sample

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material. In fact, the main purpose of applying two waveguide branches is to allow destructive

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interferences to remove excess frequency peaks. Therefore, one of the waveguide channels is

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closer to the input waveguide. So, the path traversed by two branches of wave will be different in

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each channel. This causes a phase shift between waves and they will reach to the output

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waveguide with a time delay results in interference phenomenon.

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Fig. 5. Schematic of the proposed phononic crystal interferometric sensor using asymmetric

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Mach-Zehnder structure

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The periodic boundary conditions were applied in y-direction. The transducer creates

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propagating waves along x-direction. In order to obstruct reflections of scattering wave in spans

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of the structure, an absorber part (perfectly matched layer) set at end of the structure. Output

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results including frequency peaks will be presented and discussed in next section.

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4. Results and Discussion

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4.1. Spectral Response

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Here, transitions of resonance modes in the band gap will be described. Using Bloch-

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Floquet theorem, a supercell with a defect inside, is simulated. In the unit cell, wave vectors k x

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and k y are introduced for two directions of IBZ. The supercell analysis is only applied on ΓΧ

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direction of IBZ. As explained in section 2, the target sample is the water-ethanol mixture. We

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intend to present the sensing capability of proposed structure. We will show that it’s able to

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detect a complete range of concentration percentages from water to ethanol with steps of 0.2%.

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For this purpose, the total region of concentrations is divided to six regions including 5-20%, 20-

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35%, 35-50%, 50-65%, 65-80% and 80-95%. It is obvious that the spectral separation of output

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signals for these six regions can assure us that different regions can be individually sensed.

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Therefore, in first step, we will show the ability of structure to distinct between frequency work

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regions. Resonant modes have been created in phononic band gap by filling the target cylinders

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with water-ethanol mixture for all six percentage regions. The phononic band structure of

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proposed sensor including six resonance modes for 5-95% ethanol concentrations in the mixture

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(with steps of 15%) is presented in Fig. 6.

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Fig. 6. Phononic Band Structure including six resonance modes for 5-95% ethanol

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concentrations in the mixture (with concentration step of 15%)

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It provides complete linear and distinctive modes for different frequency ranges. Reffering

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the band structure diagram, neither of concentration percentages have frequency interference

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with each other. Therefore, the sensor can detect any concentration percentages. The oscillation

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boundary fixing on the water and sample solid-liquid contact is assumed as [12]: 1 na .( ∇ρ ) = an

ρ

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Here, n a is the unit vector direction,

(6)

ρ is the mass density of the sample and an is the

displacement on the spans of the structure.

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So, for computing elastic properties, the solid region ( Ω s ) can be evaluated as follows

1 2

[12]:

∇σ = −ρω2u

(7)

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where σ is the Cauchy stress tensor, u is the displacement vector, ρ is density and ω is the

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angular frequency. Body forces are ignored. The region of band gap which contains all of these

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resonance modes corresponding to the border points of six mentioned concentrations is called the

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total working region (WR). For a better understanding, the large-scale of the total working region

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diagram is depicted in Fig. 7.

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Fig. 7. Defect modes related to concentrations (5-95% with step of 15%) of working regions

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border points (WR1 to WR6) 14

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Different modes are achieved for 5-95% ethanol concentrations of the mixture. These

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modes don't have a frequency overlap or interference with each other as shown in Figs. 6 and 7.

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As a result, inside the total working region, 6 separate working regions corresponding to

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concentrations with a step of 15% are formed that have distinct frequencies. This is considered as

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an important point for the sensor application. Therefore, we expect that the final ideal

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transmission-frequency curve for working regions WR1 to WR6 (for six concentration ranges) to

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be as close as possible to what is shown in Fig. 8.

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Fig. 8. Ideal expected transmission-frequency curve for total working region including six WRs with different frequency regions

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The working frequencies of each region are derived from the Fig. 7. Here each region

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corresponds to a 15%-width concentration range. Due to achieved results, we can assure that

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there is a frequency distinction for WRs with a step of 15%. We put our focus on analyzing the

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working region WR6 as the most difficult WR to sense. We will analyze WR6 (for 5-20% 15

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concentration) with steps of 0.2%. The difficulty of this region is due to existence of

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concentrations with close frequencies (according to Fig. 1). Transmission of the five other

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working regions can be easily achieved as they show a linear behavior of their elastic properties

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depicted in Fig. 1.

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Transmission spectrum of the proposed structure for different molar values of WR6 (5-

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20% with the step of 0.2%) has been plotted in Fig. 9. Figure 9 is divided into two parts because

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of the high number of plots. The central frequency of each transmission has been varied by

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changing the molar ratio of the mixture. Location of the resonance modes within the band gap of

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the dispersion curve and their intensity are changed with different concentration values. The

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input probe was placed to the input of structure. This can be done by using the piezoelectric

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transducer. The output probe is placed at the end of the output channel.

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(a)

(b) 1

Fig. 9. Transmission spectrum of structure for different molar values in WR6 with 0.2% steps;

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the figure has been separated into two parts due to the high number of plots

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Moreover, frequency change is shown in Fig. 9 (the steps are based on 0.2% of ethanol

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concentration in the water-ethanol mixture). This amount of steps indicates that the sensor can

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well reveal very low amounts of the water-ethanol mixture. It is also noteworthy that the

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detection frequency of some different concentrations will be very close together due to the

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similarity of their acoustic properties. Despite, detection of these concentrations has been truely

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accomplished in the proposed structure.

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4.2. Confinement

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Some important parameters were obtained such as quality factor and maximum

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transmission of each step (0.2%) in WR6. In this section, the wave propagation has been shown

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in the provided sensor. The wave propagation and pressure transfer in branches of structure is

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presented in Fig. 10 for two percentages of starting and end points of WR6 (5% and 20%).

(a)

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(b) Fig. 10. Schematic of pressure transfer through the branches at WR6 (5-20%) for ethanol

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concentration of (a) 5% and (b) 20% in the mixture

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As shown in Fig. 10, waves are efficiently confined along waveguide branches which

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correspond to resonance modes’ frequencies of 5% and 20% concentrations. The best wave

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confinement is achieved on the central frequency. It is also obvious that the field is initially

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concentrated on the defect cylinders. The difference of wave propagation seen in Fig. 10 is due

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to the concentration changes of the mixture (which is led to changing of density and speed of

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sound). The central frequency of maximum transmission must be obtained as shown in Fig. 11.

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Then, by using equation Q = f c / ∆f the values of quality factor are calculated for each step.

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Fig. 11. Central frequency and Q-Factor for different molar values of WR6 with 0.2% steps

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Figure 11 shows the quality factor for different values of concentrations. As can be

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concluded from Fig. 11, despite the fact that smallest sensible difference of concentration is

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decreased to 0.2%, the quality factor values are still high for each concentration.

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4.3. Fabrication Tolerance

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When it come to production concerns, the proposed structure can be affected by fabrication

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tolerance. Although different parts of the structure can be affected in the fabrication process, it

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seems that the variations of hollow cylinders’ radius can have the highest effect on sensing

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operation. Hence, variations of central peak frequency and quality factor of the output spectrum

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resulted from change in radius difference of two concentric circles (shown in Fig. 4) will be

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evaluated. In previous section we introduced rh1 and rh2 as 3mm and 2mm, respectively. In this 19

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section, we consider that changes may arise in the radius size of defect rods during the

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fabrication process. In order to analyze practical applications of above-mentioned structure, the

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effect of changing in defect rods radius during the fabrication process has been considered as the

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fabrication error tolerance and shown in Fig. 12.

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Fig. 12. Effects of changing the radius of defect rods during the fabrication process on (a)

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transmission-frequency diagram, (b) central frequency peak, (c) quality Factor and (d)

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transmission of structure

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The transmission-frequency diagram is presented in Fig. 12a. The effect of fabrication

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tolerance on the central peak frequency, quality factor and transmission of structure are depicted

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in Figs. 12 (b) to (d). These figures show variations that can happen in main factors if the radius

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of defect rod is changing due to a fabrication error.

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According to Fig. 12, we assume the outer hollow rods radius with ∆rh error as the fabrication tolerance from theoretical designed parameters which can be expressed as: 20

= rtheory + ∆rh

(8)

1

r

2

where r Final is the radius of each rod that has fabrication error comparing to theory value,

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and r theory is theory design value of each rod’s radius. It can be understood that the variations of

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rods' radius in this device have the tolerable effect on the structure performance. It is clear that

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due to the presence of casualties, the output results will decay in experiment.

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5. Conclusion

Final

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A novel structure has been proposed in order to design a highly sensitive phononic-

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crystals-based sensor for sensing different water-ethanol mixtures. Using the finite element

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method, different linear frequency shifts were measured for various concentrations of the water-

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ethanol mixture. The proposed structure includes two unequal pathways to use the

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interferometric advantages of the asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometers. As a result, the

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occurred phase difference removes the excess frequencies around the transmission peak. This

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leads to a linear variation in frequency peaks due to the linear change in concentration of water-

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ethanol mixture.

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Highlights: A highly sensitive PnC-based sensor is proposed to distinguish water-ethanol mixtures The proposed structure uses advantages of asymmetric Mach-Zehnder Interferometers Ethanol concentration values of 5% to 95% can be sensed with 0.2% differences

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