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Dynamic polymer ribbon couplers for card-to-backplane optical interconnects
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Paper Abstract

Polymeric waveguides with dynamic coupler array are fabricated by vacuum assisted microfluidic technique for card-to-backplane optical interconnect applications. The dynamic optical coupler on backplane consists of 45° integrated waveguide mirrors and a perpendicular microfluidic channel for flow motion of index matching liquid and air bubbles. Controlled positioning of the air bubble or index matching liquid in contact with the integrated mirror can effectively turn on or off each surface normal waveguide coupler for card-to-backplane optical interconnection. The size of the integrated mirror determines the coupler efficiency. Effective surface normal optical coupling is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8630, Optoelectronic Interconnects XIII, 86300G (27 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2001716
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Guomin Jiang, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Sarfaraz Baig, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Michael R. Wang, Univ. of Miami (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8630:
Optoelectronic Interconnects XIII
Alexei L. Glebov; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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