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Thermo-optically active planar polymeric components for telecommunication applications
Author(s): Louay A. Eldada; Karl W. Beeson; Deepti Pant; Robert Blomquist; Lawrence W. Shacklette; Michael J. McFarland
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Paper Abstract

A key property that differentiates optical polymers from more conventional optical materials such as glass, is the rapid variation of the refractive index with temperature. This large difference in dn/dT can be leveraged to produce efficient thermo-optically active optical components. An advanced polymeric waveguide technology was developed for affordable thermo-optically active integrated optical devices that address the needs of the telecom industry. We engineered high-performance organic polymers that can be readily made into single-mode waveguide structures of controlled geometries and of modal profiles that closely match standard telecom glass fibers. These materials are formed from highly-crosslinked halogenated acrylate monomers with specific linkages that determined properties such as flexibility, toughness, optical loss, thermal stability, and humidity resistance. These monomers are intermiscible, providing for precise continuous adjustment of the refractive index over a wide range. In polymer form, they exhibit state-of-the-art loss values, suppressed polarization effects, and exceptional environmental stability. The devices we describe include thermally tunable Bragg-grating-based wavelength filters, thermally tunable arrayed-waveguide gratings, and digital optical switches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3939, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices II, (19 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386359
Show Author Affiliations
Louay A. Eldada, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Karl W. Beeson, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Deepti Pant, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Robert Blomquist, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Lawrence W. Shacklette, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Michael J. McFarland, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3939:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices II
Donal D. C. Bradley; Bernard Kippelen, Editor(s)

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