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Polymer photonic devices using fluorinated poly (arylene ether ketone)
Author(s): Jia Jiang; Patrick Dumais; Claire L. Callender; Chantal Blanchetiere; Julian P. Noad; Jianfu Ding; Yinghua Qi; Michael Day
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Paper Abstract

Polymeric materials have been widely used for the fabrication of photonic devices, in particular for applications in short haul optical networks employing coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM). However, the molecular design and processing of polymeric materials to have all the properties required for the fabrication of high performance photonic devices continue to present challenges. This paper presents data on the design, fabrication and characterization of waveguide devices using novel fluorinated poly(arylene ether ketone) materials. These materials exhibit low optical loss (slab loss ~ 0.5 dB/cm at 1550 nm), high thermal stability (1 wt% loss at temperatures up to 430 °C), and are easily processed at temperatures lower than those previously reported for poly(arylene ether)s (< 200 °C). High quality waveguides have been fabricated using standard photolithographic processes. Issues affecting polymer layer and device birefringence and optical loss have been investigated, including molecular structure, processing conditions and substrate selection. Coupling devices sensitive to waveguide dimensions have been designed and fabricated, and their output compared to numerical simulations. Characterization of these devices allows further optimization of the materials and the waveguide process and assists with the design of more complex polymer photonic components.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5577, Photonics North 2004: Optical Components and Devices, (20 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567081
Show Author Affiliations
Jia Jiang, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Patrick Dumais, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Claire L. Callender, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Chantal Blanchetiere, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Julian P. Noad, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Jianfu Ding, Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology/NRC (Canada)
Yinghua Qi, Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology/NRC (Canada)
Michael Day, Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology/NRC (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5577:
Photonics North 2004: Optical Components and Devices
John C. Armitage; Simon Fafard; Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos, Editor(s)

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