Design, fabrication and test of a micromirror actuator for integrated optical microswitch applications = 미소 광 스위치용 미소 구동 거울에 관한 연구

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This thesis investigates a waveguide-based optical microswitch for integrated optical transceiver applications. The microswitch is composed of rib-type silicon waveguides, gold-coated silicon micromirrors and an electrostatic curved electrode microactuators, all fabricated on an SOI wafer using ICP RIE process. The rib-type silicon wavguide supports single mode propagation. The half-field widths in the waveguide are measured as $w_x=2.76±0.01㎛$ and $w_y=1.90±0.01 ㎛$, respectively. To improve the surface roughenss of the micromirrors, we oxidize the etched side-wall and remove the silicon oxide. The micromirror loss is measured as 4.18±0.25dB. The major portion of the micromirror loss comes from the limited mirror height and the misalignment between the waveguide and the micromirror. On this basis, we present design guidelines for a low loss micromirror. We also propose and electrostatic beam microactuator for low voltage micromirror switching. The microactuator reduces inter-electrode gaps using the beam electrodes insulated by silicon nitride film. Thus the direct electrode contact of the present microactuator reduces the driving voltage to 22.6±3.2% of that of the uninsulated separated electrode design. The switching voltage can be reduced to 10 volts for a reduced residual stress of 30 MPa in the silicon nitride film.
Advisors
Cho, Young-Horesearcher조영호researcher
Description
한국과학기술원 : 기계공학전공,
Publisher
한국과학기술원
Issue Date
2000
Identifier
158266/325007 / 000983579
Language
eng
Description

학위논문(석사) - 한국과학기술원 : 기계공학전공, 2000.2, [ xi, 89 p. ]

Keywords

Optical microswitch; MEMS; Optical switch; 미소 거울; 광스위치; Micromirror

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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/45194
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http://library.kaist.ac.kr/search/detail/view.do?bibCtrlNo=158266&flag=dissertation
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ME-Theses_Master(석사논문)
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