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Siloxane materials for optical applications
Author(s): Kai Su; Jon V. DeGroot, Jr.; Ann W. Norris; Peter Y. Lo
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Paper Abstract

Siloxanes, which can be viewed as hybrids of glass and organic materials, have been used to fabricate polymer waveguides and devices that exploit the large thermo-optical effect of this material. Siloxanes have many unique properties including good thermal stability, chemical resistance, tunable refractive index, tunable mechanical properties and excellent photo-stability. The refractive index of siloxane polymer is composition dependent and generally ranges from 1.4 to 1.54. Introduction of porosity or composition modification can further expand refractive index range to 1.15~1.63. The loss and absorption characteristics for a variety of silicone-based polymers are examined and an example of a UV curable polymer coating illustrates the flexibility of the silicone polymer family to be tailored to meet specific application needs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 January 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6029, ICO20: Materials and Nanostructures, 60291C (23 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.667752
Show Author Affiliations
Kai Su, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Jon V. DeGroot, Jr., Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Ann W. Norris, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Peter Y. Lo, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6029:
ICO20: Materials and Nanostructures
Wei Lu; Jeff Young, Editor(s)

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