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Temperature characterization of integrated optical all-polymer Mach-Zehnder interferometers
Author(s): Yanfen Xiao; Meike Hofmann; Ziyu Wang; Alexa Langenecker; Stanislav Shermann; Uwe Gleissner; Hans Zappe
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Paper Abstract

Two new design concepts for all-polymer-based integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometers in foil as chemical or bio-chemical sensors are presented. Fabricated with hot-embossing and printing techniques, these all polymer optical components are designed for low-cost fabrication and yield highly sensitive response to external refractive index changes. Compared to traditional semiconductor based systems, these polymer sensors do not need the interaction window and do not require a cleanroom for fabrication. The optical response of the asymmetric interferometers to temperature variations is determined theoretically and compared for two designs. Using the designed asymmetric interferometer, a chemical micro-fluidic test system with temperature controller experimentally demonstrates the sensors’ temperature characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9888, Micro-Optics 2016, 98880F (27 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224460
Show Author Affiliations
Yanfen Xiao, Univ. of Freiburg (Germany)
Meike Hofmann, Univ. of Freiburg (Germany)
Ziyu Wang, Univ. of Freiburg (Germany)
Alexa Langenecker, Univ. of Freiburg (Germany)
Stanislav Shermann, Univ. of Freiburg (Germany)
Uwe Gleissner, Univ. of Freiburg (Germany)
Hans Zappe, Univ. of Freiburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9888:
Micro-Optics 2016
Hugo Thienpont; Jürgen Mohr; Hans Zappe; Hirochika Nakajima, Editor(s)

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