Integrated Modeling of Optical MEMS Subsystems

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This paper presents top-down holistic design and verification of a MEMS-based 3-D optical switching subsystem utilizing an integrated CAD environment. The subsystem design takes place in a nodal simulation environment that includes models for fibers, lenses, mirrors, control elements, general electronics, and detailed mechanics. In this paper, we explore the design of an optical cross-connect using an optical circuit to evaluate the optical performance of the cross-connect and electromechanical models to assess the tuning limitation imposed by the MEMS mirrors. From the performance specifications, we are able to deduce an optimum cross-connect array size for any given mirror size.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Published: April 22, 2002
Pages: 132 - 135
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topicss: MEMS & NEMS Devices, Modeling & Applications, Modeling & Simulation of Microsystems
ISBN: 0-9708275-7-1