This paper addresses the design and theoretical analysis of a new type of millimeter-size acoustic sensor that uses Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) micro-pillars and patterned electrodes. The sensor has the potential to achieve 100x the sensitivity of existing commercial sensors in combination with a dynamic range of 181dB and a frequency bandwidth of at least 100 kHz. A constrained optimization algorithm has been developed as a function of geometric parameters (sensor footprint, diameter and height of the micro-pillars, gap between pillar edges, number of pillars) and electrical parameters of the sensor and conditioning amplifier.

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