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Title:
SIGNAL SWITCHING ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THE SAME
Document Type and Number:
Japanese Patent JP2002196266
Kind Code:
A
Abstract:

To provide a smaller, more robust and more inexpensive signal switching device which operates more quickly than existing signal switching elements in all optical communication switching system.

A semiconductor chip having an MEMS(Micromachined Electro- Mechanical System) mirror system is used on its face. The MEMS device is constructed to operate in a pure materials flex mode, with no moving mechanical parts to wear. The MEMS mirror system is used to create local distortions in the reflected and/or transmitted electromagnetic radiation wavefront to redirect the electromagnetic radiation in such a way as to create channels of changed resistance in a bulk semiconductor. These changes in resistance to the channels serve to enhance or impede the motility of electrons through the bulk semiconductor, thereby providing a switching function within the bulk semiconductor.


Inventors:
Ressl, Michael G.
Application Number:
JP2001000307407
Publication Date:
July 12, 2002
Filing Date:
October 03, 2001
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
LUCENT TECHNOL INC
International Classes:
G02B5/08; G02B26/08; G02F1/29; G03H1/04; H04B10/02; G02B6/00; G02B6/35; (IPC1-7): G02B26/08; G02B5/08; G03H1/04; H04B10/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
三俣 弘文