Design and Modelling of Optical Microsystems – An Approach to a User-Friendly System Integration Technique

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Optical microsystems usually are of a hybrid nature. They consist of optical components. i.e.micro-optical and or integrated-optical ones, and additionally they include at least mechanical and packaging components. Therefore, a complete design process has to account for all relevant aspects – optical and thermomechanical simulation, packaging strategy, fabrication and test. This complexity requires a general design strategy. The approach presented is based on the coupling of the specification and the design. In a specification- environment the selection of appropriate solutions for given applications is enabled. It includes selection strategies for componebts, ist fabrication, packaging and test methods. The designenvironrnent is a simulation and modelling framework with software tools covering the whole design and optirnisation process, including the data-exchange with the specification environment. Test examples for our design strategy are different realisations of fibre optical switches.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: Technical Proceedings of the 1998 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Published: April 6, 1998
Pages: 631 - 636
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topicss: MEMS & NEMS Devices, Modeling & Applications, Photonic Materials & Devices
ISBN: 0-96661-35-0-3