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Micromachines 2016, 7(4), 69; doi:10.3390/mi7040069

Mechanically-Tunable Photonic Devices with On-Chip Integrated MEMS/NEMS Actuators

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117575
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Academic Editors: Pei-Cheng Ku and Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim
Received: 29 February 2016 / Revised: 10 April 2016 / Accepted: 11 April 2016 / Published: 16 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Micro/Nano Photonic Devices and Systems)
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This article reviews mechanically-tunable photonic devices with on-chip integrated MEMS/NEMS actuators. With related reports mostly published within the last decade, this review focuses on the tuning mechanisms of various passive silicon photonic devices, including tunable waveguides, couplers, ring/disk resonators, and photonic crystal cavities, and their results are selectively elaborated upon and compared. Applications of the mechanisms are also discussed. Future development of mechanically-tunable photonics is considered and one possible approach is based on plasmonics, which can confine light energy in the nano-scale space. Optomechanics is another innovation, derived from the strong coupling of optical and mechanical degrees of freedom. State-of-the-art studies of mechanically-tunable plasmonics and on-chip optomechanics are also selectively reviewed. View Full-Text
Keywords: MEMS; NEMS; photonics; plasmonics; metamaterials; optomechanics MEMS; NEMS; photonics; plasmonics; metamaterials; optomechanics
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Du, H.; Chau, F.S.; Zhou, G. Mechanically-Tunable Photonic Devices with On-Chip Integrated MEMS/NEMS Actuators. Micromachines 2016, 7, 69.

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