Patent Number: 6,169,827

Title: Micro-optic switch with lithographically fabricated polymer alignment features for the positioning of switch components and optical fibers

Abstract: The invention relates to a micro-optic switch used for transmitting optical signals between optical fibers. More particularly, the invention pertains to a micro-optic switch using polymer structures to position a microactuator and optical fibers on a substrate so that the microactuator can move an optical fiber cantilever between two fixed fibers to transmit optical signals between either one of the fixed fibers and the cantilever fiber. Using polymers instead of micromachined structures to position components of the switch reduces cost and simplifies assembly. The invention further provides processes for producing a micro-optic switch and for switching the path of an optical signal.

Inventors: Holman; Jason (Waltham, MA), Emo; Stephen M. (Elkhart, IN), Norwood; Robert A. (West Chester, PA), Shacklette; Lawrence W. (Maplewood, NJ)

Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.

International Classification: G02B 6/35 (20060101); G02B 006/26 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018