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Optical polymer waveguide devices and their applications to integrated optics and optical signal processing
Author(s): Norbert Keil; Bernhard N. Strebel; HuiHai Yao; Crispin Zawadzki; WenYen Hwang
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Paper Abstract

Polymer technology shows the potential to fabricate and integrate the basic components of OFDM-crossconnect elements which are important signal processing units in a future transparent optical network. The fabrication and characterization of integrated optical polymer components like power splitters and combiners and polymer directional couplers are presented. The devices are fiber-pigtailed, packaged and exhibit waveguide losses in the order of 1 dB/cm at 1.55 micrometers wavelength. Studies based on guest/host-polymer-systems for application on electro-optic polymer devices are shown and the synthesis and characterization of rare-earth doped polymers for active device applications are reported. Because polymer technology is a conceptional hybrid, a combination of semiconductor and polymer elements on large substrates is proposed. This opens up the possibility for a future large scale integration of optical components to functional devices by a cost-effective technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1774, Nonconducting Photopolymers and Applications, (14 January 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.139159
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Norbert Keil, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbH (Germany)
Bernhard N. Strebel, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbH (Germany)
HuiHai Yao, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbH (Germany)
Crispin Zawadzki, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbH (Germany)
WenYen Hwang, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1774:
Nonconducting Photopolymers and Applications
Roger A. Lessard, Editor(s)

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