25 October 2004 Repulsive force actuated rotary micromirror
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Proceedings Volume 5602, Optomechatronic Sensors, Actuators, and Control; (2004) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.570271
Event: Optics East, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
In this paper, a novel repulsive force based rotary micromirror is proposed. A repulsive force is produced in the rotary micromirror and the mirror plate is pushed up and away from the substrate. Therefore the rotation angle of the micromirror is not limited to the space underneath the mirror plate and thus the "pull-in" effect is completely circumvented. The novel rotary micromirror can achieve a large rotation angle with a large mirror plate. In addition the novel micromirror has a very simple structure and can be fabricated by standard surface micromachining technology. Numerical simulation is used to verify the working principle of the novel micromirror. A prototype of the novel rotary micromirror is fabricated by a commercially available surface microfabrication process called MUMPs. The prototype has a mirror size of 300μm x 300μm. The experimental measurements show that the prototype can achieve a mechanical rotation of 2.25 degrees (an optical angle of 4.5 degrees) at a driving voltage of 170 volts. A conventional surface micromachined attractive force based rotary micromirror of the same size can only achieve an angle of 0.1~0.2 degree.
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Siyuan He, Siyuan He, Ridha Ben Mrad, Ridha Ben Mrad, } "Repulsive force actuated rotary micromirror", Proc. SPIE 5602, Optomechatronic Sensors, Actuators, and Control, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.570271; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.570271


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