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Polymer optical interconnection technology: toward WDM applications
Author(s): Robert A. Norwood; Louay A. Eldada; Stephen M. Emo; Jeff Gustus; R. Rapoport; Kelly M. T. Stengel; Lawrence W. Shacklette; Chengjiu Wu; Chengzeng Xu; James T. Yardley
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Paper Abstract

We have developed organic polymeric materials that can be readily made into both multimode and single-mode optical waveguide structures of controlled numerical aperture and geometry, making them excellent candidates for WDM applications. Waveguides are formed lithographically, with the liquid monomer mixture polymerizing upon illumination in the UV via either mask exposure or laser writing. Our waveguides are low loss (0.03 dB/cm at 840 nm multimode) as well as temperature resistant (up to 10 years at 120 degree(s)C), enabling use in a variety of applications. Single-mode structures such as directional couplers have been made via laser writing. We further discuss the fundamental optical properties of these polymers and as they relate to WDM applications. As an example, we discuss an inorganic multimode WDM sensor that has been developed for aerospace applications and its integration with multimode polymer waveguides.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2690, Wavelength Division Multiplexing Components, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238910
Show Author Affiliations
Robert A. Norwood, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Louay A. Eldada, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Stephen M. Emo, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Jeff Gustus, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
R. Rapoport, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Kelly M. T. Stengel, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Lawrence W. Shacklette, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Chengjiu Wu, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Chengzeng Xu, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
James T. Yardley, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2690:
Wavelength Division Multiplexing Components
Louis S. Lome, Editor(s)

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