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Fabrication and characterization of planar and channel waveguides in hybrid sol-gel systems
Author(s): Anne-Claire Le Duff; Michael Canva; Tomas Pliska; Frederic Chaput; Eric Toussaere; George I. Stegeman; Jean-Pierre Boilot; Yves Levy; Alain Brun
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Paper Abstract

We report on linear optical properties of Disperse Red 1 (DR1) doped sol-gel planar and channel waveguides. The refractive index and optical propagation losses of the guiding layer were measured between 0.756 micrometers and 1.64 micrometers . In the telecommunications window, the attenuation is dominated by the overtones of the O-H bonds vibration bands. We also report on photobleached channel waveguides. Propagation losses were measured at 1.064 micrometers as a function of the waveguide width. Attenuation coefficients as low as 1 cm-1 in 4 to 8 micrometers wide channel waveguides were demonstrated. A good confinement of the light is observed in a 3 hours bleached sample. The suitability of plasma etching as an alternative technique for fabricating channel waveguides is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 November 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4106, Linear, Nonlinear, and Power-Limiting Organics, (29 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.408512
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Anne-Claire Le Duff, Univ. d'Orsay-Paris XI (France)
Michael Canva, Univ. d'Orsay-Paris XI (France)
Tomas Pliska, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (USA) (Switzerland)
Frederic Chaput, Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Eric Toussaere, Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (France)
George I. Stegeman, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Jean-Pierre Boilot, Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Yves Levy, Univ. d'Orsay-Paris XI (France)
Alain Brun, Univ. d'Orsay-Paris XI (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4106:
Linear, Nonlinear, and Power-Limiting Organics
Manfred Eich; Christopher M. Lawson; Mark G. Kuzyk; Manfred Eich; Mark G. Kuzyk; Christopher M. Lawson; Robert A. Norwood, Editor(s)

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