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Modeling of the effects of thermal gradients on optical propagation in polymer multimode tapered waveguides in optical backplanes
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Paper Abstract

Finite difference beam propagation modelling (FD-BPM) calculates the effect of thermal gradients in an optical backplane on the optical field propagation in a polymer multimode linearly tapered waveguide. Compared to straight waveguides, tapered entrances offer improved power coupling for a wide range of optical source lateral offset misalignments. However, surface temperature gradients of 0.5°C/μm across the taper were found to degrade this benefit due to the thermo-optic effect of the polymer. Higher surface temperature gradients improve power coupling in two discrete ranges of lateral source offset but the original tolerance to a wide range of source offsets is not recovered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5579, Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Telecommunications, Sensors, Software, and Lasers, (16 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567127
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Atef M. Rashed, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
David R. Selviah, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5579:
Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Telecommunications, Sensors, Software, and Lasers
Donna Strickland; Trevor J. Hall; Stoyan Tanev; Xiaoyi Bao; Franko Kueppers; David V. Plant, Editor(s)

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