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A Varifocal Convex Micromirror Driven by a Bending Moment

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2 Author(s)
Hokari, R. ; Dept. of Nanomech., Tohoku Univ., Sendai, Japan ; Hane, K.

A varifocal micromirror is designed and fabricated using silicon micromachining technology. A spherical convex surface of mirror is generated by applying a bending moment to the circumference of micromirror. This method is different from the conventional technique in which a distributed force is exerted on the central area of mirror. On the basis of the theory of materials strength, the deformation of a plate is purely spherical if only a bending moment is applied to the circumference. Spherical surface is well approximated to be a parabola if deflection is small. In order to generate only a bending moment, a force is applied to the plate in the region outside the fulcrum, by which the plate is supported freely in rotation. The proposed mirror was fabricated from a silicon on insulator wafer and a glass plate, which were connected by anodic bonding. The deviation in surface profile of mirror from a parabola was measured with an optical interferometer to be less than 4.7 nm rms in the mirror region inside the 400-mum-diameter fulcrum at the voltage lower than 215 V. The focal length of the fabricated mirror was varied from approximate infinity to 24 mm.

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 5 )

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Sept.-oct. 2009

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