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Vertical combdrive based 2-D gimbaled micromirrors with large static rotation by backside island isolation

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3 Author(s)
Sunghoon Kwon ; Dept. of Bioeng., Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA ; V. Milanovic ; L. P. Lee

We introduce a backside island isolation method for silicon-on-insulator (SOI)-based microelectromechanical systems technology and demonstrate vertical comb drive-based two-dimensional gimbaled micromirrors with large static rotation using the isolation method. The proposed isolation method provides electrical isolation and mechanical coupling of SOI structures without additional dielectric backfill and planarization by utilizing timed etched backside handle wafer structures. The backside island is a hidden layer beneath the gimbal and allows independent application of actuation potentials to the gimbal and inner mirror. We developed the fabrication process that accommodates the backside island isolation structures into an established vertical comb drive process, thereby allowing implementation of two-axis gimbaled structures. The maximum static optical deflections of the gimbal and mirror are 46° and 15°, respectively.

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IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 3 )