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Tailorable polymer waveguides for miniaturized bio-photonic devices via two-polymer microtransfer molding
Author(s): Jae-Hwang Lee; Zhuo Ye; Kristen Constant; Kai-Ming Ho
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Paper Abstract

Traditional optical fibers have been developed to achieve novel characteristics for both macro- and micro-applications. Inorganic optical waveguides using two-dimensional photonic crystals and silicon-on-insulator technology are examples of recent trends for macro- and micro-scale optical applications, respectively. As bio-photonics devices operate mostly with visible light, visible-transparent materials such as metal oxides and polymers are preferred as the guiding medium. Although polymers have tremendous potential because of their enormous variation in optical, chemical and mechanical properties, their application for optical waveguides is limited by conventional lithography. We present a non-optical lithographic technique, called two-polymer microtransfer molding, to fabricate polymer nano-waveguides, on-chip light sources and couplers. Micro-sources using quantum dots emitting red light (625nm) are successfully embedded in a waveguides array as the on-chip light sources. Fabrication of a grating coupler is also attempted for various external light sources including lasers and white light. We have quantified propagation losses of the waveguides using CCD photometry. The guiding loss is approximately 1.7dB/mm. We also demonstrated that the surface roughness of the fabricated waveguides can be reduced by chemical etching. We demonstrate that low cost, high yield, high fidelity, and tailorable fabrication of bio-photonic devices are achievable by the combination of the presented techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6327, Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices III, 63270J (31 August 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.681174
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Jae-Hwang Lee, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Ames Lab., U.S. Dept. of Energy (United States)
Zhuo Ye, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Ames Lab., U.S. Dept. of Energy (United States)
Kristen Constant, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Ames Lab., U.S. Dept. of Energy (United States)
Kai-Ming Ho, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Ames Lab., U.S. Dept. of Energy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6327:
Nanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices III
Elizabeth A. Dobisz; Louay A. Eldada, Editor(s)

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