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Fabrication of micro-optical switch by post-CMOS micromachining process
Author(s): Ying-Chou Cheng; Chi-Yuan Lee; Ching-Liang Dai; Wen-Jong Chen; Pei-Zen Chang; Ping-Hei Chen
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Paper Abstract

This work presents the micro-machined 2-D switch array for use on free-space optical interconnect platform integrated with a digital 1x8 de-multiplexer control circuit together. Moreover, this device employs electrostatic actuation for light beam directions control. The CMOS-MEMS array-based optical platform contains 10x10 circular micromirrors switching spots, the diameter of each mirror is about 50 μm and the overall chip size is around 2 mm by 2 mm. The commercialized simulation softwares were used to validate the micromirror design and elucidate the behavior of the micromirror before fabrication. The post-process simply employs HF based solution to etch silicon dioxide layer to release the suspended mirror structures. The micromirror array is actuated using an electrostatic force. The results reveal that the micromirror has a tilting angle of around 8° according to the triangular relation with a driving voltage of 18V at pull down state. Also described herein are the general principles of the light-beam switching method used, the detailed of device design, the post-CMOS fabrication process flow, the result of simulations and preliminary experimental results are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5455, MEMS, MOEMS, and Micromachining, (16 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.545307
Show Author Affiliations
Ying-Chou Cheng, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Chi-Yuan Lee, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Ching-Liang Dai, National Chung Hsing Unversity (Taiwan)
Wen-Jong Chen, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Pei-Zen Chang, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Ping-Hei Chen, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5455:
MEMS, MOEMS, and Micromachining
Hakan Urey; Ayman El-Fatatry, Editor(s)

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