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Optical polymers and related photonic devices
Author(s): Gustaaf R. Moehlmann; Marcel K. Klein Koerkamp; Jean-Luc P. Heideman; Thomas Anthony Tumolillo Jr.; Monique van Rheede; R. Ramsamoedj; Cornelis P.J.M. van der Vorst; Rob A.P. van Gassel
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Paper Abstract

Polymeric optical components are potentially low cost and reliable components for applications in optical telecommunication and datacom. A number of (optically nonlinear) polymers has been used to make planar integrated optical components. Various types of passive and active polymeric guided wave devices were made in a multilayer of polymers with different refractive indices, deposited onto a substrate. Lateral confinement of the (channel) waveguides has been obtained via photobleaching applying masks containing the desired waveguide lay-out. The electro-optic effect has been induced via electric field poling. The devices thus made show switching voltages in the range 5 - 10 Volts at a wavelength of 1330 nm together with extinction ratio's in excess of 20 dB. For the passive devices, waveguide propagation losses around 0.4 dB/cm were observed; for switching devices, values were around 1 dB/cm. An important feature is the reliability and environmental stability of these polymeric devices; this issue will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2285, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII, (23 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.187533
Show Author Affiliations
Gustaaf R. Moehlmann, Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)
Marcel K. Klein Koerkamp, Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)
Jean-Luc P. Heideman, Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)
Thomas Anthony Tumolillo Jr., Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)
Monique van Rheede, Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)
R. Ramsamoedj, Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)
Cornelis P.J.M. van der Vorst, Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)
Rob A.P. van Gassel, Akzo Electronic Products (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2285:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VII
Gustaaf R. Moehlmann, Editor(s)

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