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Polymer waveguide with tunable optofluidic couplers for card-to-backplane optical interconnects
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Paper Abstract

Polymeric waveguides with tunable optofluidic couplers are fabricated by the vacuum assisted microfluidic technique for card-to-backplane optical interconnect applications. The optofluidic coupler on a backplane consists of polymer waveguides and a perpendicular microfluidic channel with inclined sidewalls. An index matching liquid and air bubbles are located in the microfluidic hollow channel. The activation or deactivation of the surface normal coupling of the optofluidic coupler is accomplished by setting air bubbles or index matching liquid to be in contact with the waveguide mirrors. 10 Gbps eye diagrams of the card-to-backplane optical interconnect link have been demonstrated showing the high performance of the interconnect system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8991, Optical Interconnects XIV, 89910R (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040070
Show Author Affiliations
Guomin Jiang, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Sarfaraz Baig, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Michael R. Wang, Univ. of Miami (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8991:
Optical Interconnects XIV
Henning Schröder; Ray T. Chen; Alexei L. Glebov, Editor(s)

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