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Characterization of NLO polymer materials for optical waveguide structures
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Paper Abstract

Polymers have a number of attributes that make them highly desirable for use in the design and fabrication of optical waveguide devices, such as modulators and directional couplers. They have relatively low (1.5-1.7) refractive indices, low (~4) dielectric constants at gigahertz frequencies, stable at high (150-190oC) temperatures, resistivities that can be tailored by adding guest molecules and electro-optical responses via the addition of chromophore molecules. These materials are easily spin-coated on glass, quartz or silicon wafers to form optically conducting films that have low (1-2 dB/cm) optical loss at the near-IR communication wavelengths. In this paper we update resistivity, dielectric, electrooptic coefficient and waveguide loss characterization methods and improvements that we are using to provide the data needed to fabricate polymer waveguide devices and report new results for DNA-based polymers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6117, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices VIII, 61170W (23 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.646398
Show Author Affiliations
Perry P. Yaney, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Emily M. Heckman, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Anteon Corp. (United States)
Antonio Davis, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Anteon Corp. (United States)
Joshua A. Hagen, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Carrie M. Bartsch, Anteon Corp. (United States)
Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Guru Subramanyam, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
James G. Grote, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
F. Kenneth Hopkins, U.S. Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6117:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices VIII
James G. Grote; Francois Kajzar; Nakjoong Kim, Editor(s)

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