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Feasibility study for a MEMS modulator suitable for optical system network signalling
Author(s): P. Mitchell; R. G. Jackson; J. K. Luo
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) modulator suitable for optical system network signaling. Several actuator mechanisms exist that potentially satisfied this purpose, electrostatic actuation was identified as the most suitable for the application due to speed of operation and low power consumption. MEMS geometry and analytical mode models were developed and applications performance estimated including multiphysics phenomena. Finite element analysis was undertaken using the commercially available software suite, COMSOL(R), performing static and dynamic simulations and analyses in the time and frequency domains. The proposal is that the MEMS modulator would be integrated with other optical components encased in a hermetically sealed vacuum environment, resulting in a lightly damped response with decaying oscillation. A two-step drive signal was developed and simulated using the multidomain, simulation package SIMULINK®. The optimized MEMS design and two-step driver realized a MEMS optical modulator meeting the required specification. Finally a proposal for integration within an optical transmitter assembly is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6993, MEMS, MOEMS, and Micromachining III, 69930I (25 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779113
Show Author Affiliations
P. Mitchell, Bookham Technology (United Kingdom)
R. G. Jackson, Univ. of Bolton (United Kingdom)
J. K. Luo, Univ. of Bolton (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6993:
MEMS, MOEMS, and Micromachining III
Hakan Urey, Editor(s)

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