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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1997
  • pp: 709–711

Magnetically actuated fiber-optic switch with micromachined positioning stages

C. González and S. D. Collins  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 10, pp. 709-711 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.22.000709


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Abstract

A new microfabrication technology for the design and realization of 1×n and n×n fiber-optic switches, x, xy, and xyz translational stages, optical scanners, fiber–fiber couplers, and fiber–planar-waveguide couplers is presented. This technology is based on bulk anisotropic etching and offers significant improvements over present micro-optical and microphotonic devices. With this new enabling technology we have fabricated 200-μm –2-cm translational stages for use in beam steering and fiber-optic switching applications. We present the fabrication and characterization of a 1×n micromechanical fiber-optic switch using this new technology. These nonoptimized devices have switching times of <10 ms with <-1-dB loss.

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C. González and S. D. Collins, "Magnetically actuated fiber-optic switch with micromachined positioning stages," Opt. Lett. 22, 709-711 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-22-10-709

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