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Polymeric waveguide electro-optic beam-steering device with DNA biopolymer conductive cladding layers
Author(s): Roberto S. Aga; Fahima Ouchen; Alyssa Lesko; Brian A. Telek; Emily M. Fehrman-Cory; Carrie M. Bartsch; Jack P. Lombardi; James G. Grote; Emily M. Heckman
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Paper Abstract

A polymer electro-optic (EO) waveguide beam-steering device with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) biopolymer conductive cladding layers and a core layer of the commercially available EO polymer SEO100 is demonstrated with 100% relative poling efficiency. This demonstration device exhibits a deflection efficiency of 99  mrad/kV with a corresponding in-device EO coefficient r33 of 124  pm/V at 1550 nm. When the DNA biopolymer bottom cladding layer is replaced by the commonly used cladding polymer UV15, the deflection efficiency and in-device r33 drop to 34  mrad/kV and 43  pm/V, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(11) 114602 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.11.114602
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Roberto S. Aga, General Dynamics Information Technology (United States)
Fahima Ouchen, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Alyssa Lesko, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Brian A. Telek, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Emily M. Fehrman-Cory, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Carrie M. Bartsch, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jack P. Lombardi, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Emily M. Heckman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

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