There has been a strong motivation on faster data rate in telecommunications in the past few decades. In particular, the explosion of mobile devices leads to a demand for higher speed for data transfer in the field of optical communications. Fiber optics telecommunications is based upon the ability to transfer data in a low loss environment, while at the same time transferring it at high speeds.

For our project we look to start with a simple mirror design consisting of a single mirror being supported by two straight beams. The mirror will rotate about the beam axis to provide the switching capabilities desired by optical switching mirrors. With this design we will compare mirror properties such as inertial forces, tilt angle, and resonant frequency to prove that scaling improves each of these properties. We will use both hand calculations as well as computational models to gather the data for mirror lengths of 1mm^2, 100um^2, and 10um^2. From these calculations and models we hope to both prove the benefits of scaling mirrors to the micro scale as well as expose any drawbacks that can be seen due to such scaling. For any drawbacks seen, we will provide explanations and offer possible solutions for alleviating these issues.




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