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Electro-optic polymer waveguide modulator based on the Pockels and Kerr effects
Author(s): Haibin Yu; Lei Chen; Kangye Li; Xiaoxu Deng

Paper Abstract

An electro-optic polymer waveguide modulator based on both Pockels and Kerr effects has been demonstrated. A conjugated polymer, poly (9,9-dioctyl-2,7-fluorene-co-benzo [c][1,2,5]thiadiazole-co-9-hexyl-3,6-carbazole), which has the delocalization of p-electrons and a push-pull structure along the main conjugated chain, exhibits the Pockels effect and still maintains the Kerr effect after corona-poling. By applying a direct current (DC) bias, the optical output of the modulator is roughly linearly to a modulation voltage, and the modulation depth is improved with the DC bias at fixed modulation voltage. The proposed modulator achieves a 2.18% modulation depth with 5 V p-p modulation triangular voltage and 90 V DC bias at 100 kHz by employing both the Pockels effect and Kerr effect.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(4) 044601 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.4.044601
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Haibin Yu, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)
Lei Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)
Kangye Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)
Xiaoxu Deng, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. (China)

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