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A frequency-locked torsional scanner of the type having a micromachined mirror formed on a surface of a silicon wafer section supported within a larger wafer section by a pair of opposed torsion bars. The principal vibrational frequency of the mirror is selected to be at least 20% higher than other modes of vibration. To prevent breakage, the torsion bars are hardened by conversion of at least a surface layer to silicon carbide or nitride. A pair of scanners with orthogonal torsion bars may be mounted in a vacuum enclosure for two-dimensional scanning at different rates suitable for television display. In alternate embodiments, a detector and a scanner may be built on a plate on the same supported wafer section or two scanners may be independently supported or one scanner and one detector may be independently supported as two plates. The mirror may be driven electrostatically, magnetically, or by both methods.

Micromachined torsional scanner
Application Number
Publication Number
Application Date
October 18, 1993
Publication Date
May 13, 1997
Timothy G Slater
1226-25th Ave., San Francisco, 94122
Armand P Neukermans
3510 Arbutus Ave., Palo Alto, 94303
Donald E Schreiber
G02B 26/08
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