Optical switching apparatus

  • US 6,430,332 B1
  • Filed: 05/12/1999
  • Issued: 08/06/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/05/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An optical beam switching system for transmitting an optical beam from a source to any one of a group of optical receptors comprising:

  • a focusing lens for focusing an optical beam and directing the optical beam along a selected path;

    a first movable mirror mounted in the selected path;

    a plurality of second movable mirrors and a plurality of optical receptors;

    a control for moving the first movable mirror to direct the optical beam to any selected second mirror and for moving the selected movable mirror to direct the optical beam to a selected optical receptor for transmission of the optical beam from the focusing lens to the selected optical receptor; and

    radiation emitters disposed adjacent each movable mirror to provide a feedback signal to the control for adjusting the position of the movable mirrors to minimize transmission loss of the optical beam to the receptor.

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