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Systematic optimization of polymeric electro-optic materials
Author(s): Larry Raymond Dalton; Bruce H. Robinson; William H. Steier; Cheng H. Zhang; Galina Todorova
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Paper Abstract

Chromophore-containing polymeric electro-optic materials must satisfy many requirements before they can be considered for use in applications at telecommunication wavelengths (1.3 and 1.55 microns). These include large macroscopic electro-optic activity, low optical loss, and stability (thermal, chemical, and photochemical). Such materials must be capable of being integrated with silica fiber optics and semiconductor electronics. We discuss design of chromophores not only for large hyperpolarizability but also for low optical loss and for thermal and photochemical stability. The processing of these materials to maximize electro-optic activity while minimizing processing- associated optical loss is discussed. Device structures appropriate for minimizing insertion loss are discussed, as is the fabrication of such dvices and three-dimensional active/passive optical circuits. The identification of new structure/function relationships provide design criteria for future improvements as well as permitting better definition of the performance limitations that can be expected for polymeric electro-optic materials prepared by electric field poling methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 November 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4114, Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing II, (29 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.408540
Show Author Affiliations
Larry Raymond Dalton, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Bruce H. Robinson, Univ. of Washington (United States)
William H. Steier, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Cheng H. Zhang, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Galina Todorova, Univ. of Southern California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4114:
Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing II
Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal, Editor(s)

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