Patent Number: 7,762,124

Title: Sensor for detecting substance in liquid

Abstract: A sensor for detecting a substance in liquid includes a sensing oscillation circuit and a reference oscillation circuit. The sensing oscillation circuit includes a sensing SAW element in which a reaction film arranged so as to cover at least one IDT and to react with a substance in liquid is disposed and a first amplifier circuit. The reference oscillation circuit includes a reference SAW element and a second amplifier circuit. The reference SAW element includes at least one IDT and no reaction film. The oscillation frequency of the sensing oscillation circuit and the oscillation frequency of the reference oscillation circuit are separated by at least about 200.times.k.sup.2 (ppm), where k.sup.2(%) is the electromechanical coupling coefficient of a piezoelectric substrate used in each of the sensing SAW element and the reference SAW element.

Inventors: Okaguchi; Kenjiro (Moriyama, JP), Hada; Takuo (Nagaokakyo, JP), Kadota; Michio (Kyoto, JP)

Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G01N 29/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018