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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 1999
  • pp: 6773–6778

Optical actuation of micromechanical tunneling structures with applications in spectrum analysis and optical computing

Daniela Dragoman and Mircea Dragoman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 32, pp. 6773-6778 (1999)

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An efficient method for optically actuating a micromechanical cantilever is presented for the first time to our knowledge. Measurable responses can be obtained for moderate light sources if electron tunneling occurs between the cantilever tip and a metallic contact below it. The small deflection of the cantilever that is due to light pressure is sufficient then to produce large tunneling current variations. On the basis of this effect several applications such as a miniaturized spectrum analyzer and one-step optical computing units for addition, integration, or differentiation of one-dimensional or two-dimensional optical signals are presented.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.4560) Fourier optics and signal processing : Data processing by optical means
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(200.4740) Optics in computing : Optical processing
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

Original Manuscript: February 26, 1999
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 1999
Published: November 10, 1999

Daniela Dragoman and Mircea Dragoman, "Optical actuation of micromechanical tunneling structures with applications in spectrum analysis and optical computing," Appl. Opt. 38, 6773-6778 (1999)

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