Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
brings together multidisciplinary interests in one journal entirely devoted to disseminating
information on all aspects of research and development of solid-state devices
for transducing physical signals. Sensors
and Actuators A: Physical
regularly publishes original papers, letters to the Editors
and from time to time invited review articles within the following device areas:
• Fundamentals and Physics
such as: classification of effects, physical effects, measurement theory, modelling of sensors, measurement standards, measurement errors,
units and constants, time and frequency measurement. Modeling papers should bring new modeling techniques to the field and be supported
by experimental results.
and their Processing
, such as: piezoelectric materials, polymers, metal oxides,
III-V and II-VI semiconductors, thick and thin films, optical glass fibres, amorphous, polycrystalline and monocrystalline silicon.
• Optoelectronic sensors
, such as: photovoltaic diodes, photoconductors, photodiodes, phototransistors, positron-sensitive
photodetectors, optoisolators, photodiode arrays, charge-coupled devices, light-emitting diodes, injection lasers and liquid-crystal
• Mechanical sensors
, such as: metallic, thin-film and semiconductor strain gauges, diffused silicon pressure
sensors, silicon accelerometers, solid-state displacement transducers, piezo junction devices, piezoelectric field-effect transducers
(PiFETs), tunnel-diode strain sensors, surface acoustic wave devices, silicon micromechanical switches, solid-state flow meters and electronic
• Thermal sensors
, such as: platinum resistors, thermistors, diode temperature sensors, silicon transistor
thermometers, integrated temperature transducers, PTAT circuits, thermocouples, thermopiles, pyroelectric thermometers, quartz thermometers,
power transistors and thick-film thermal print heads.
• Magnetic sensors
, such as: magnetoresistors, Corbino disks, magnetodiodes,
Hall-effect devices, integrated Hall devices, silicon depletion-layer magnetometers, magneto-injection transistors, magnistors, lateral
magnetotransistors, carrier-domain magnetometers, MOS magnetic-field sensors, solid-state read and write heads.
such as: research papers on actuators, structures, integrated sensors-actuators, microsystems, and other devices or subdevices ranging
in size from millimetres to sub-microns; micromechatronics; microelectromechanical systems; microoptomechanical systems; microchemomechanical
systems; microrobots; silicon and non-silicon fabrication techniques; basic studies of physical phenomena of interest to micromechanics;
analysis of microsystems; exploration of new topics and materials related to micromechanics; microsystem-related problems like power
supplies and signal transmission, microsystem-related simulation tools; other topics of interest to micromechanics.
: electronic circuits which are designed to interface directly with the above transducers and which are used for improving
or complementing the characteristics of these devices, such as linearization, A/D conversion, temperature compensation, light-intensity
compensation, current/frequency conversion and microcomputer interfacing.
• Sensor Systems
and Applications, such as:
sensor buses, multiple-sensor systems, sensor networks, voting systems, telemetering, sensor arrays, and automotive, environmental, monitoring
and control, consumer, medical, alarm and security, robotic, nautical, aeronautical and space measurement systems.