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Electrostatically driven micromirrors for a miniaturized confocal laser scanning microscope
Author(s): Ulrich Hofmann; Sascha Muehlmann; Martin Witt; Klaus Doerschel; Rijk Schuetz; Bernd Wagner
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Paper Abstract

A compact two-mirror microscanner has been fabricated to build the central part of a miniaturized confocal laser scanning microscope. This microscope shall be mounted at the tip of an endoscope to provide high resolution imaging for medical diagnostics. In order to achieve a resolution of 500 X 500 image elements large scan angles and also large mirror dimensions have to be realized within a spatially strong limited housing. While bulk silicon technology on the one hand enables fabrication of micromirrors with nearly ideal elastical behavior, those actuators on the other hand often are too fragile for a lot of applications. This paper describes the design, fabrication and assembling of electrostatically driven torsional micromirrors that meet the requirements of fast two-dimensional scanning with high angular precision over large scan angles, compact design and also high shock resistance. This is achieved with the combination of bulk silicon technology with metal surface micromachining. Besides medical diagnostics these microscanners can be used in a wider range of applications such as displays, two-dimensional barcode scanning, multiplexing of fiber optics, etc.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3878, Miniaturized Systems with Micro-Optics and MEMS, (2 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.361269
Show Author Affiliations
Ulrich Hofmann, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (Germany)
Sascha Muehlmann, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (Germany)
Martin Witt, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (Germany)
Klaus Doerschel, Laser-und Medizin Technologie gGmbH (Germany)
Rijk Schuetz, Laser-und Medizin Technologie gGmbH (Germany)
Bernd Wagner, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3878:
Miniaturized Systems with Micro-Optics and MEMS
M. Edward Motamedi; Rolf Goering, Editor(s)

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