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Hybrid polymer devices for improved thermal control and performance
Author(s): Robert A. Norwood
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Paper Abstract

Single-mode waveguides based on planar silica have found increasing application in passive optical components such as arrayed waveguide gratings (AWG), couplers, and splitters. Key aspects of these devices are their low insertion losses and relative insensitivity to temperature. Planar polymer waveguides present a complementary technology that is finding deployment in thermally activated components such as thermo-optic switches, variable attenuators and tunable filters. This results from the large thermo-optic effects and low thermal conductivities in polymers that lead to low power, compact and rapid thermal activation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4289, WDM and Photonic Switching Devices for Network Applications II, (20 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424830
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Robert A. Norwood, Photon-X, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4289:
WDM and Photonic Switching Devices for Network Applications II
Ray T. Chen; George F. Lipscomb, Editor(s)

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