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Packaged high-speed electro-optic polymer modulators
Author(s): Raluca Dinu; Danliang Jin; Diyun Huang; Mary K. Koenig; Anna M. Barklund; Yun Fang; Timothy C. Parker
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Paper Abstract

Electro-optic (EO) polymer modulators have demonstrated high speed external modulation of optical signals. Additionally, EO polymers have closely matched refractive indices at optical and microwave wavelengths, which enables high bandwidth operation. An EO polymer includes a polymer matrix and an organic "push-pull" chromophore that can be modified to give poled polymers with high EO activity. This high EO activity and optical-microwave velocity match offer the promise of accomplishing broadband, high speed optical modulation with low drive voltage. Such optical signal modulation is critical for applications in phased array radar and RF photonics. Practical issues such as electrode design, optical fiber coupling, and hermetic packaging are critical in final device performance. Herein, we report on high-speed electrode parameters as well as electro-optic performance versus frequency of packaged modulators fabricated with novel, highly photostable chromophores.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6331, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials VI, 63310V (14 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.680886
Show Author Affiliations
Raluca Dinu, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Danliang Jin, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Diyun Huang, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Mary K. Koenig, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Anna M. Barklund, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Yun Fang, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Timothy C. Parker, Lumera Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6331:
Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials VI
Robert A. Norwood, Editor(s)

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