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Micro electro mechanical system optical switching

United States Patent

December 17, 2013
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The present disclosure includes apparatus, system, and method embodiments that provide micro electro mechanical system optical switching and methods of manufacturing switches. For example, one optical switch embodiment includes at least one micro electro mechanical system type pivot mirror structure disposed along a path of an optical signal, the structure having a mirror and an actuator, and the mirror having a pivot axis along a first edge and having a second edge rotatable with respect to the pivot axis, the mirror being capable of and arranged to be actuated to pivot between a position parallel to a plane of an optical signal and a position substantially normal to the plane of the optical signal.
Thorson; Kevin J. (Eagan, MN), Stevens; Rick C. (Apple Valley, MN), Kryzak; Charles J. (Liverpool, NY), Leininger; Brian S. (Arlington, VA), Kornrumpf; William P. (Schenectady, NY), Forman; Glenn A. (Niskayura, NY), Iannotti; Joseph A. (Glenville, NY), Spahn; Olga B. (Albuquerque, NM), Cowan; William D. (Albuquerque, NM), Dagel; Daryl J. (Rapid City, SD)
Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
12/ 291,428
November 10, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The subject matter of this disclosure was made with government support under Contract No.: DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy and CRADA No. SC99/01573. Accordingly, the U.S. Government has certain rights to subject matter disclosed herein.