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Actuated micro-optical submount using a dielectric elastomer actuator

  • Analysis of the operating characteristics of a dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) submount for the high-precision positioning of optical components in one dimension is presented. Precise alignment of a single-mode fiber is demonstrated and variation of the sensitivity of the submount motion by changing the bias voltage is confirmed. A comparison of the performance of the DEA submount with a piezoelectric alignment stage is made, which demonstrates that DEAs could present a very attractive, low-cost alternative to currently used manual technologies in overcoming the hurdle of expensive packaging of single-mode optical components.

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Author:Grace Jordan, Denis N. McCarthy, N. Schlepple, Jan Krissler, H. Schroeder, Guggi Kofod
ISSN:1083-4435 (print)
Parent Title (English):IEEE ASME transactions on mechatronics
Publisher:Inst. of Electr. and Electronics Engineers
Place of publication:Piscataway
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2011
Year of Completion:2011
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Actuators; manufacturing automation; optical interconnections; packaging; position control
First Page:98
Last Page:102
Funder:German BMBF [FKZ 03X5511]
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Physik und Astronomie
Peer Review:Referiert