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Loss measurements in electro-optic polymer waveguides
Author(s): Karl W. Beeson; Paul M. Ferm; Keith A. Horn; Michael J. McFarland; Ajay Nahata; Jianhui Shan; Chengjiu Wu; James T. Yardley
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Paper Abstract

We report loss measurements in polymer-bound Disperse Red I slab and photodelineated channel waveguides. Losses resulting from electronic charge-transfer and vibrational carbon- hydrogen stretch overtone absorptions, trans to cis isomerization, exposure to visible or ultraviolet (UV) light and changes in dye pendant group number density are investigated. A waveguide absorption spectrometer is described which can measured waveguide losses (alpha) ((lambda) ) from 600 - 1800 nm. Absorption losses are compared to the wavelength dependent electro-optic coefficient r33((lambda) ) and a figure-of-merit r33((lambda) )/(alpha) ((lambda) ) is determined for the material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1775, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials V, (25 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.139190
Show Author Affiliations
Karl W. Beeson, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)
Paul M. Ferm, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)
Keith A. Horn, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)
Michael J. McFarland, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)
Ajay Nahata, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)
Jianhui Shan, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)
Chengjiu Wu, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)
James T. Yardley, Allied-Signal, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1775:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials V
David J. Williams, Editor(s)

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