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Flexible, stable, and easily processable optical silicones for low loss polymer waveguides
Author(s): Brandon W. Swatowski; Chad M. Amb; Sarah K. Breed; David J. Deshazer; W. Ken Weidner; Roger F. Dangel; Norbert Meier; Bert J. Offrein
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Paper Abstract

Photopatternable optical silicone materials have been developed that can be fabricated into flexible polymer waveguides using conventional film processing and photolithography techniques. Waveguides designed for multimode applications have demonstrated loss of 0.05 dB/cm at 850 nm. These waveguides have proven stable in 85% relative humidity and 85°C storage conditions for greater than 2000 hours to date with no degradation in optical performance. Further, this polymer waveguide system has shown sufficient adhesion to flexible polyimide substrates without any curling, and passed bending tests to a 1 mm radius without damage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8622, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XV, 862205 (20 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007419
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Brandon W. Swatowski, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Chad M. Amb, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Sarah K. Breed, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
David J. Deshazer, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
W. Ken Weidner, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Roger F. Dangel, IBM Zürich Research Lab. (Switzerland)
Norbert Meier, IBM Zürich Research Lab. (Switzerland)
Bert J. Offrein, IBM Zürich Research Lab. (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8622:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XV
Christopher E. Tabor; François Kajzar; Toshikuni Kaino; Yasuhiro Koike, Editor(s)

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