Silicon-Air-Silicon Distributed Bragg Reflectors for Visible and Near Infrared Optical MEMS

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Abstract

© 1992-2012 IEEE. This letter presents the design, fabrication, and optical characterization of silicon-air-silicon-based surface micro-machined distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) for the visible to near infrared wavelength range (540-960 nm). The DBR (mirror) consisted of two quarter wave thick silicon films separated by a quarter-wave air gap. A mirror array was successfully fabricated, consisting of mirrors ranging in diameter between 270 and 420 μm. Calibrated optical measurements indicate that a peak reflectivity close to 92% has been achieved for visible wavelengths, despite the fact that silicon has strong absorbtion in the visible wavelength range. The mirrors are shown to be broadband reflectors, having 85% or more reflectivity over a 160-nm wavelength range. A spatially resolved optical transmission mapping and optical transmission profile of the mirrors demonstrates high uniformity across the fabricated array of DBRs. [2015-0140].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1247
JournalJournal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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