Doctoral Dissertations


Quantum 1/f noise and the resulting phase noise in high-stability resonant sensors


"The size of oscillators affects not only operating frequency, but noise levels as well. Thermal noise and nonequilibrium noise both are inversely proportional to size, while 1/f noise is proportional to size at quartz sizes blow the phonon coherence length. The size limit for a specific sensor design is then limited by 1/f, thermal, and nonequilibrium noise. As the size of the resonator sensor decreases the normally dominant 1/f term decreases until it is not the limiting term. The ultimate lower size limit for any given BAW, SAW, or MEMS sensor design can thus be calculated for the first time from first principles based on the quantum 1/f formulas. Device design criteria are very important as the sizes and frequency domains of sensors become smaller and larger respectively"--Abstract, page iii.



Degree Name

Ph. D. in Physics


Dissertation completed as part of a cooperative degree program with the University of Missouri--Rolla and the University of Missouri--St. Louis.


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2005


viii, 141 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-140).


© 2005 Adam Gregory Tournier, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Citation

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Subject Headings

Electronic noise
Quantum electronics
Electromagnetic noise
Acoustic surface wave devices
Microelectromechanical systems

Thesis Number

T 8834

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