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Bi-stable optical actuator

United States Patent

November 7, 2000
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The present invention is a bi-stable optical actuator device that is depowered in both stable positions. A bearing is used to transfer motion and smoothly transition from one state to another. The optical actuator device may be maintained in a stable position either by gravity or a restraining device.
Holdener; Fred R. (Tracy, CA), Boyd; Robert D. (Livermore, CA)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
09/ 418,477
October 15, 1999
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for Management of the Lawrence livermore National laboratory.