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7 March 2014 Thin film fabrication and system integration test run for a microactuator for a tuneable lens
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An electromagnetic microactuator, for controlling of a tuneable lens, with an integrated electrostatic element is fabricated by thin film technology. The actuator consists of two parts: the first part with microcoil and flux guide and the second part with a ring shaped back iron on a polyimide membrane. The back iron is additionally useable as electrode for electrostatic measurement of the air gap and for electrostatic actuation. By attracting the back iron an optical liquid is displaced and forms a liquid lens inside the back iron ring covered by the membrane. For testing the thin film fabrication sequence, up-scaled systems are generated in a test run. To fabricate the flux guide in an easy and quick way, a Ni-Fe foil with a thickness of 50 μm is laminated on the Si-wafer. This foil is also utilized in the following fabrication sequence as seed layer for electroplating. Compared to Ni-Fe structures deposited by electroplating, the foil is featuring better soft magnetic properties. The foil is structured by wet chemical etching and the backside of the wafer is structured by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). For post fabrication thinning, the polyimide membrane is treated by oxygen plasma etching. To align the back iron to the microcoil and the flux guide, a flip-chip-bonder is used during test run of system integration. To adjust a constant air gap, a water solvable polymer is tested. A two component epoxy and a polyimide based glue are compared for their bonding properties of the actuator parts.
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Dominik Hoheisel and Lutz Rissing "Thin film fabrication and system integration test run for a microactuator for a tuneable lens", Proc. SPIE 8973, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology XIX, 897305 (7 March 2014);


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