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Practical considerations for polymer photonic devices
Author(s): Anthony J. Ticknor; George F. Lipscomb; Richard S. Lytel
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Paper Abstract

Electro-optic (EO) poled polymer materials exhibit low dispersion and low dielectric constants. EO polymer materials have been modulated flat to 40 GHz and exhibit few fundamental limits for ultrafast modulation and switching. Channel waveguides and integrated optic circuits can be defined by the poling process itself, by photochemistry of the EO polymer, or by a variety of well understood micro-machining techniques. EO polymer materials have been used to fabricate high-speed Mach-Zehnder modulators, directional couplers, Fabry-Perot etalons, and even multi-tap devices. Practical issues remain to be solved before polymer photonic technology may be exploited in systems such as datacom and telecom. These include reliable, low cost fiber-attach and packaging, support circuitry and interfaces, and the scale-up to high volume production. This talk reviews requirements for practical exploitation and displays recent progress toward achieving reliable products.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2285, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII, (23 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.187535
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony J. Ticknor, Akzo Electronic Products, Inc. (United States)
George F. Lipscomb, Akzo Electronic Products, Inc. (United States)
Richard S. Lytel, Akzo Electronic Products, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2285:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII
Gustaaf R. Moehlmann, Editor(s)

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