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Optimization of optical losses in waveguide component manufacturing
Author(s): Brandon W. Swatowski; Maynard G. Hyer; Debra A. Shepherd; W. Ken Weidner; Jon V. Degroot Jr.
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Paper Abstract

We report on the development and optimization of key performance properties of multimode silicone polymer waveguides, manufactured for 850 nm optical propagation. These developments are based on photopatternable, mechanically flexible, low-loss, gradient index waveguides. Cross sectional waveguide core sizes ranging from 40 μm x 50 μm to greater than 60 μm x 60 μm are assessed with optical analysis of component losses such as crossings and coupling between OM4 fiber and waveguide. Assessments of these values, led to optimization of waveguide size and lower total optical system losses. Methods of manufacture, preparation, and analysis are discussed in detail along with performance results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10109, Optical Interconnects XVII, 1010904 (20 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2252054
Show Author Affiliations
Brandon W. Swatowski, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Maynard G. Hyer, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Debra A. Shepherd, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
W. Ken Weidner, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Jon V. Degroot Jr., Dow Corning Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10109:
Optical Interconnects XVII
Henning Schröder; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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