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Active materials for integrated optic applications
Author(s): Joseph S. Hayden; David S. Funk; David L. Veasey; Philip M. Peters; Norman A. Sanford
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Paper Abstract

The ability to engineer glass properties through the selection and adjustment of chemical composition continues to make glass a leading material in both active and passive applications. The development of optimal glass compositions for integrated optical applications requires a number of considerations that are often at variance with one another. Of critical importance is that the glass offers compatibility with standard ion exchange technologies, allowing fabrication of guided wave structures. In addition, for application as an active material, the resultant structures must be characterized by absence of inclusions and low absorption at the lasing wavelength, putting demands on both the selection and identity of the raw materials used to prepare the glass. We report on the development of an optimized glass composition for integrated optic applications that combines good laser properties with good chemical durability allowing for a wide range of chemical processing steps to be employed without substrate deterioration. In addition, care was taken during the development of this glass to insure that the selected composition was consistent with manufacturing technology for producing high optical quality glass. We present the properties of the resultant glasses, including results of detailed chemical and laser properties, for use in the design and modeling of active waveguides prepared with these glasses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 November 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3847, Optical Devices for Fiber Communication, (26 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.371253
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph S. Hayden, Schott Glass Technologies, Inc. (United States)
David S. Funk, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
David L. Veasey, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Philip M. Peters, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Norman A. Sanford, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3847:
Optical Devices for Fiber Communication
Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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