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6 February 2007 Design, processing, and materials for large-stroke actuators
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Adaptive optics (AO) applications in astronomy and vision science require deformable mirrors with larger stroke, higher packing density and at lower cost than currently available technology. The use of high-aspect ratio Micro-Electro- Mechanical Systems (MEMS) processing techniques to fabricate large-stroke actuators that can meet stroke, packing density and cost specifications for AO applications have been explored. Different actuator designs, materials and postprocessing procedures fabricated in two different high-aspect ratio processes have been investigated. These manufacturing processes allow high-precision multilayer fabrication, and both parallel plate and comb drive actuator deformable mirror designs have been created. Multilayer fabrication has reduced pull-in voltage requirements for large stroke comb-drive actuators. The design, modeling and simulation of these actuators are compared to experimental measurements of their pull-voltages, which characterizes their stiffness and maximum stroke.
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Bautista Fernández and Joel Kubby "Design, processing, and materials for large-stroke actuators", Proc. SPIE 6467, MEMS Adaptive Optics, 64670T (6 February 2007); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.699665
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