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Micromachined scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer
Author(s): Paul M. Zavracky; K. L. Denis; H. K. Xie; Thomas E. Wester; Paul L. Kelley
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Paper Abstract

In this talk, a micromachined scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) employing electrostatic actuators and tuned to the visible spectrum is described. Previous authors have demonstrated micromachined Fabry-Perot devices. The FPI described here offers a simpler process flow and a broader tuning range. The FPI is constructed by separately fabricating a MEMS actuator and semi-transparent optical mirrors. These are then assembled to complete the device. The completed device consists of two plane parallel mirrors separated by a small gap (< 1 micrometers ). The gap is formed by a sacrificial layer which is etched away to free the gold beams. Devices have been fabricated using single layer aluminum mirrors. Modeling results of devices incorporating dielectric multi-layer stacks will be discussed. Present devices are suitable for scanning the entire visible region of the spectrum 450 - 750 nm. Actuating voltages of approximately 60 V are required. Devices fabricated with aluminum mirrors have resolving powers of up to 50. Proposed applications include in situ measurements of plasma composition, colorimetric, and chemical analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3514, Micromachined Devices and Components IV, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323885
Show Author Affiliations
Paul M. Zavracky, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
K. L. Denis, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
H. K. Xie, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Thomas E. Wester, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Paul L. Kelley, Tufts Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3514:
Micromachined Devices and Components IV
Patrick J. French; Kevin H. Chau, Editor(s)

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