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An electromagnetically actuated fiber optic switch using magnetized ferromagnetic materials
Author(s): Praveen Pandojirao-S; Naresh Dhaubanjar; Pratibha C. Phuyal; Mu Chiao; J.-C. Chiao
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the design, fabrication and testing of a fiber optic switch actuated electromagnetically. The ferromagnetic gel coated optical fiber is actuated using external electromagnetic fields. The ferromagnetic gel consists of ferromagnetic powders dispersed in epoxy. The fabrication utilizes a simple cost-effective coating setup. A direct fiberto-fiber alignment eliminates the need for complementary optical parts and the displacement of fiber switches the laser coupling. The magnetic characteristics of magnetized ferromagnetic materials are performed using alternating gradient magnetometer and the magnetic hysteresis curves are measured for different ferromagnetic materials including iron, cobalt, and nickel. Optical fiber switches with various fiber lengths are actuated and their static and dynamic responses for the same volume of ferromagnetic gel are summarized. The highest displacement is 1.345 mm with an input current of 260mA. In this paper, the performance of fiber switches with various coating materials is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 January 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6836, MEMS/MOEMS Technologies and Applications III, 683616 (4 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.758063
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Praveen Pandojirao-S, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Naresh Dhaubanjar, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Pratibha C. Phuyal, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Mu Chiao, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
J.-C. Chiao, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6836:
MEMS/MOEMS Technologies and Applications III
Jung-Chih Chiao; Xuyuan Chen; Zhaoying Zhou; Xinxin Li, Editor(s)

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