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Assembly and performance of silicone polymer waveguides
Author(s): Calob K. Lostutter; Malcolm H. Hodge; Thomas R. Marrapode; Brandon W. Swatowski; W. Ken Weidner
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Paper Abstract

We report on the functionality and key performance properties of 50 μm x 50 μm flexible graded index silicone polymer waveguides. The materials show low optical propagation losses of < 0.04 dB/cm @ 850 nm over 1 m lengths as well as stability to 2000 hours 85°C/85% relative humidity and 5 cycles of 260°C solder wave reflow testing. Methods to fabricate large area panels are demonstrated for scaled manufacturing of polymer based optical printed wiring boards. The polymer waveguides are terminated with a passive direct fiber attach method. Fully MPO connectorized waveguide panels are realized and their optical performance properties assessed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9753, Optical Interconnects XVI, 97530K (15 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2216868
Show Author Affiliations
Calob K. Lostutter, Molex, Incorporated (United States)
Malcolm H. Hodge, Molex, Incorporated (United States)
Thomas R. Marrapode, Molex, Incorporated (United States)
Brandon W. Swatowski, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
W. Ken Weidner, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9753:
Optical Interconnects XVI
Henning Schröder; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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