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DCM-polyimide system for triple-stack poled polymer electro-optic devices
Author(s): Susan P. Ermer; John Francis Valley; Richard S. Lytel; George F. Lipscomb; Timothy E. Van Eck; Dexter G. Girton; Doris S. Leung; Steven M. Lovejoy
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Paper Abstract

We report the background leading to the development of the first all-polyimide system (cladding/core/cladding) suitable for fabrication of electro-optic waveguide devices on silicon substrates. The cladding layers are spun from a low optical loss, commercially available polyimide that is suitable for multilayer stacks. The electro-optic material consists of this same polyimide as host to a commercially available guest chromophore and is based upon our prior work on thermoplastic polyimides. The synthesis and purification of this chromophore and an analog is discussed. We also present the materials and process development methodology with the results for this polymer system and demonstrate it by fabrication of an all-polyimide Mach- Zehnder modulator operating at 830 nm. CMOS-compatible switching using a device based on the new material has been demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1853, Organic and Biological Optoelectronics, (27 April 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.144060
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Susan P. Ermer, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)
John Francis Valley, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)
Richard S. Lytel, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)
George F. Lipscomb, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)
Timothy E. Van Eck, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)
Dexter G. Girton, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)
Doris S. Leung, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)
Steven M. Lovejoy, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1853:
Organic and Biological Optoelectronics
Peter M. Rentzepis, Editor(s)

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