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Micro-positioning stages for adaptive optics based on piezoelectric thick film actuators

: Gebhardt, Sylvia; Ernst, Dörthe; Bramlage, Bernhardt; Pabst, Oliver; Oberdörster, Alexander


Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology 6 (2015), No.4, pp.285-290
ISSN: 2190-9385
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
SPP 1337; GE 2078/2-1
Adaptierbare plenoptische Kameras: Design, Herstellung, Integration
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IKTS ()
Fraunhofer IOF ()
PZT; thick film; screen printing; actuator; adaptive optics; micro-positioning

Piezoceramic actuators based on thick film technology offer the opportunity of integrated solutions for smart microsystems. Especially in adaptive micro-optics, where the height of devices is limited, outgassing has to be inhibited and complex actuator structures are required, screen-printed actuators are of great interest. The paper highlights our recent research on micro-positioning stages for integration into a plenoptic camera. The first concept is based on through-thickness polarized lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thick films printed on a 45 mm x 44 mm x 0.17 mm LTCC (Low-Temperature Cofired Ceramics) frame with 4-mm-wide legs. Driving with an electrical field of 2 kV/mm resulted in an upright stroke of 115 µm. The second concept combines through-thickness and in-plane polarized thick films on four cantilever beams of an Al2O3-based micro-positioning stage. Because of the combination of d31- and d33-mode of excitation, each cantilever beam will provide an s-shaped bending profile allowing for a planar and tilt-free lift of 130 µm at an electrical field of 1.66 kV/mm. Both actuator concepts were utilized to adjust position of a micro-lens array between main lens and image sensor in a plenoptic camera setup. With that, the working range of the plenoptic camera could be extended.