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Electro-optic polymer integrated optic devices for space applications
Author(s): James H. Bechtel; Weiping Lin; Yongqiang Shi; Araz Yacoubian
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Paper Abstract

Recent developments in electro-optic polymer materials and devices have led to new opportunities for integrated optic devices in space environments. The results of numerous tests have indicated that polymer materials have many properties that are suitable to be used in space. These results coupled with recent advances in device and material technology will allow very large bandwidth modulators and switches with drive voltages less than 1 V. At IPITEK, we have already designed and fabricated new polymeric modulators with halfwave voltages less than 0.8 V and a halfwave voltage-interaction product of 2.2 V-cm. The low drive voltage allows electro-optic modulators and switches to be driven directly by high-speed logic devices without the use of broadband amplifiers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4134, Photonics for Space Environments VII, (26 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405362
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James H. Bechtel, Tacan Corp./IPITEK (United States)
Weiping Lin, Tacan Corp./IPITEK (United States)
Yongqiang Shi, Tacan Corp./IPITEK (United States)
Araz Yacoubian, Tacan Corp./IPITEK (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4134:
Photonics for Space Environments VII
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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