NJIT's Micro-electronics Center Developing Micro Mirror to Enhance Optical Fibers
Smaller micro-mirrors have previously been made using conventional thin film deposition and micromachining technologies, but the larger device required by the attenuator application called for a different approach, since the stresses in deposited thin films cause them to lose flatness over larger areas. The solution was found in the ultra-thin silicon wafer, bonding technology developed at NJIT. The team has developed two generations of prototypes of these deflectable, gold-plated silicon micro-mirrors. The prototypes, tested at Lucent, led to a joint NJIT/Lucent patent application and are currently being considered by investment and licensing groups for commercialization.
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