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Latching micro optical switch

United States Patent

May 21, 2013
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Latching Micro Optical Switch
An optical switch reliably maintains its on or off state even when subjected to environments where the switch is bumped or otherwise moved. In addition, the optical switch maintains its on or off state indefinitely without requiring external power. External power is used only to transition the switch from one state to the other. The optical switch is configured with a fixed optical fiber and a movable optical fiber. The movable optical fiber is guided by various actuators in conjunction with a latching mechanism that configure the switch in one position that corresponds to the on state and in another position that corresponds to the off state.
Garcia; Ernest J. (Albuquerque, NM), Polosky; Marc A. (Tijeras, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 075,004
March 29, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.