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Organic electro-optics: from molecules to devices
Author(s): Larry Raymond Dalton; Bruce H. Robinson; Robert Nielsen; Alex K.-Y. Jen; William H. Steier
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Paper Abstract

Employing guidance from quantum and statistical mechanics, the electro-optic activity of organic materials has been increased to values greater than 100 pm/V at telecommunication wavelengths (e.g., 130 pm/V at 1.3 microns). Electro-optic materials now afford significant advantages in terms of bandwidth and electro-optic activity over competitive inorganic materials such as lithium niobate. Organic materials have also been found to be quite processable permitting the fabrication by reactive ion etching and photolithographic techniques of 3-D active waveguide structures and integration with both VLSI semiconductor electronics and silica fiber optics. Both stripline and microresonator structures have been fabricated, as have low-optical-loss coupling structures. A number of prototype devices demonstrating superior performance have been demonstrated; however, the long-term, in-field performance of such devices still remains to be evaluated. This article focuses on statistical mechanical theoretical methods that have aided the design of improved materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4798, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials II, (18 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.455890
Show Author Affiliations
Larry Raymond Dalton, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Bruce H. Robinson, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Robert Nielsen, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Alex K.-Y. Jen, Univ. of Washington (United States)
William H. Steier, Univ. of Southern California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4798:
Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials II
Manfred Eich; Mark G. Kuzyk, Editor(s)

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