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Optical and surface properties of planar waveguide based on organic-inorganic hybrid materials
Author(s): I-Chia Tsai; Ya-Hui Lin; Mei-Chih Hung; Jian-Yi Hong; Guang-Way Jang
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Paper Abstract

Organic-inorganic hybrid materials with superior optical properties were prepared using the sol-gel process. Planar waveguide based on the sol-gel hybrid materials was also characterized. A conventionally used intermediate for synthesizing organic-inorganic hybrid materials is organically modified metal oxide nanoparticles. Metal oxides containing functional groups were prepared by reacting organic silane and metal alkoxide. Experimental results indicate that thin films with a wide range of optical properties can be prepared by varying the composition and molecular structure of the intermediates. Additionally, the typical reflective index of sol-gel thin film ranges from 1.45 to approximately 1.65. A cladding layer and a core layer can therefore be easily prepared by controlling the content of nanoparticles. Also investigated herein was how composition and process conditions affect optical and surface properties of planar waveguide.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4579, Optical Fiber and Planar Waveguide Technology, (19 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.444872
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I-Chia Tsai, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Ya-Hui Lin, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Mei-Chih Hung, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Jian-Yi Hong, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Guang-Way Jang, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4579:
Optical Fiber and Planar Waveguide Technology
Shuisheng Jian; Yanming Liu, Editor(s)

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