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Sol-gel fabrication for optical communication components: prospects and progress
Author(s): Eric M. Yeatman
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Paper Abstract

The possible use of sol-gel films and monoliths for optical guided wave components is receiving increasing attention. This paper describes the requirements for such components in fibre communication systems, and reviews the status of the principal integrated optical technologies which compete for these applications. The development of waveguides based on sol-gel, and on sol-gel materials relevant to integrated optics, is reviewed. The issues relating to the future success of sol-gel in this field, i.e. cost, performance and functionality, are discussed, and some areas of current and future work described. Key challenges to competitive success identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 1997
PDF: 24 pages
Proc. SPIE 10290, Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review, 1029007 (29 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279834
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Eric M. Yeatman, Imperial College (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10290:
Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review
Mark P. Andrews; S. Iraj Najafi, Editor(s)

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