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Polymeric Electro-Optic Waveguide Modulator; Materials And Fabrication
Author(s): David Haas; Hyun Yoon; Hong-Tai Man; Graham Cross; Steve Mann; Nicholas Parsons
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we are reporting on organic polymeric materials designed for electro-optic waveguide device fabrication and a fabrication method for low loss integrated optical devices. These polymers are methacrylic chain polymers with non-linear optical moieties attached as side chains through variable length spacer groups. Variation of the spacer length allows the tailoring of the phase structure of the polymers as well as the glass transition temperature. For electro-optic device use, the most important material parameter is r3 3 the largest tensor element of the electro-optic tensor. We have developed polymeric materials with r3 3 values as high as 45 pm/V at 1.3 microns (98 pm/V at 632 nm) using an electrical poling process. Additionally, we have characterized optical and electrical properties of the polymer films. Further, a fabrication process for waveguide electro-optic devices from the polymers has been developed and integrated modulators have been built.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1147, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials II, (15 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962126
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David Haas, Hoechst Celanese Research Division (United States)
Hyun Yoon, Hoechst Celanese Research Division (United States)
Hong-Tai Man, Hoechst Celanese Research Division (United States)
Graham Cross, GEC Marconi Research Center (United Kingdom)
Steve Mann, GEC Marconi Research Center (United Kingdom)
Nicholas Parsons, GEC Marconi Research Center (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1147:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials II
Garo Khanarian, Editor(s)

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