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Design and fabrication of sub-wavelength athermal resonant waveguide replicated gratings on different polymer substrates
Author(s): Muhammad Rizwan Saleem; Rizwan Ali; Seppo Honkanen; Jari Turunen
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We demonstrated the design, fabrication and characterization of three Resonant Waveguide Gratings (RWGs) with different polymer substrate materials [polycarbonate (PC), cyclic-olefin-copolymer (COC) and Ormocomps). The RWGs are designed by Fourier Modal Method and fabricated by Electron Beam Lithography, Nanoimprinting and Atomic Layer Deposition. RWGs are investigated for athermal filtering device operation over a wide range of temperatures. Spectral shifts of RWGs are described in terms of thermal expansion and thermo-optic coefficients of the selected substrate and waveguide materials. Furthermore, the spectral shifts are explained on the basis of shrinkage strains, frozen-in stresses and the molecular chain orientation in polymeric materials. The thermal spectral stability of these filters was compared by theoretical calculations and experimental measurements. For PC gratings, there is a good agreement between calculated and measured results with a net spectral shift of 0.8 nm over 75 °C wide temperature range. Optical spectral characterization of COC and Ormocomp gratings showed larger red spectral shifts than predicted by theoretical calculations. The deviation (0–1.5 nm) for the COC grating may result in by high modulus and inherent stresses which were relaxed during heating and accompanied with the predominance of the thermal expansion coefficient. The Ormocomps gratings were subjected to UV-irradiation, causing the generation of compressive (shrinkage) strains, which were relieved on heating with a net result of expansion of material, demonstrated by thermal spectral shifts towards longer wavelengths (0–2.5 nm). The spectral shifts might also be caused partially by the reorientation and reconfiguration of the polymer chains.

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Date Published: 13 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9374, Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics VIII, 93740W (13 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2076873
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Muhammad Rizwan Saleem, Univ. of Eastern Finland (Finland)
National Univ. of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan)
Rizwan Ali, Univ. of Eastern Finland (Finland)
Seppo Honkanen, Univ. of Eastern Finland (Finland)
Jari Turunen, Univ. of Eastern Finland (Finland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9374:
Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics VIII
Georg von Freymann; Winston V. Schoenfeld; Raymond C. Rumpf; Henry Helvajian, Editor(s)

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