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Perfluoropolymer optical waveguides with low propagation loss and high reliability
Author(s): Y. Kuwana; S. Takenobu; K. Takayama; Y. Morizawa
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Paper Abstract

We fabricated single mode optical waveguides made of perfluoropolymers with extremely low propagation loss at communication wavelengths reaching even 1650 nm, and found they showed high reliability. The used materials are poly(perfluorinated butenyl vinyl ether) and the chemically-related materials. In the previously reported trial, we used the doped core in order to adjust the refractive index. The propagation loss was low enough for us to use at 1310 and 1550 nm, but the existence of dopant limited the loss reduction. In this paper we report on the perfluoropolymer optical waveguides with dopant-free core. The propagation loss was 0.03-0.04 dB/cm at both 1550 and 1650 nm. The spectral measurement showed that their propagation losses are lower than 0.1 dB/cm all over the communication wavelengths. High durability to humidity was also shown. As an application of this optical waveguide, we demonstrated the 1x32 splitter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6331, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials VI, 63310P (14 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682331
Show Author Affiliations
Y. Kuwana, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
S. Takenobu, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
K. Takayama, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Y. Morizawa, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)

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

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