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Electro-optic polymer modulators as passive mm wave detectors
Author(s): M. R. Fetterman; J. A. Grata; R. Dinu; M. Koenig; A. D. Visnansky; W. L. Kiser Jr.
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a first generation of electro-optic polymer modulators, designed specifically for passive millimeter-wave detection. The advantages of utilizing electro-optic polymers for modulator fabrication are their economical and simple fabrication, potential for large scale array fabrication, and well matched RF and optical indices, which provide the potential for an excellent high-frequency response. The current drawbacks of these devices include long term device stability due to oxidation and the relative immaturity of the RF designs for the modulator and interconnects, which lead to unacceptable internal losses and low sensitivity. These are both items we expect remedied in the upcoming year. We provide a brief overview on the opto-electronic method of detecting millimeter waves and our design and fabrication of the polymer modulator. Current measured results for the modulator response at 95GHz are presented and an analysis of the required performance for imaging is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2007
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6472, Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI, 64720K (1 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.701042
Show Author Affiliations
M. R. Fetterman, Penn State Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
J. A. Grata, Penn State Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
R. Dinu, Lumera Corp. (United States)
M. Koenig, Lumera Corp. (United States)
A. D. Visnansky, Penn State Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
W. L. Kiser Jr., Penn State Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6472:
Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI
Kurt J. Linden; Laurence P. Sadwick, Editor(s)

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