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Polymeric optical MEMS
Author(s): Jens Hossfeld; Thomas Paatzsch; Jens Schulze; Michel Neumeier; Lutz Weber; Hans-Dieter Bauer; Wolfgang Ehrfeld
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Paper Abstract

As micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems and devices evolve from prototypes to products, the need for cost-effective mass production techniques becomes crucial. This challenging cost goal can be reached using mass replication techniques like injection molding and hot embossing.In order to meet the special demands of miniaturization these replication techniques have been modified incorporating variothermal process control, an evacuation of the mold chamber and a modification of the molding parameters including elevated temperatures. Based on these techniques numerous micro- optical systems have been developed including a twelve fold multi-fiber connectors with an average insertion loss of 0.35 dB, an optical bench using polymeric alignment structures on a silicon substrate, a 4 by 4 star coupler with passive fiber alignment, a 1 by 2 singlemode fiber switch, and a singlemode 4 by 4 optical matrix switch. In these systems geometrical tolerances of one micrometers and below have been obtained allowing passive alignment of multimode and singlemode fibers during the assembly process and high precision positioning of fibers during operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3680, Design, Test, and Microfabrication of MEMS and MOEMS, (10 March 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.341256
Show Author Affiliations
Jens Hossfeld, Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (Germany)
Thomas Paatzsch, Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (Germany)
Jens Schulze, Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (Germany)
Michel Neumeier, Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (Germany)
Lutz Weber, Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (Germany)
Hans-Dieter Bauer, Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (Germany)
Wolfgang Ehrfeld, Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3680:
Design, Test, and Microfabrication of MEMS and MOEMS

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