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Laser processing of silver ion-exchanged glass waveguides and applications to integrated optics
Author(s): Jose Ramon Salgueiro; Vicente Moreno; Jesus Linares
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Paper Abstract

We present a technique to directly process silver ion- exchanged planar waveguides fabricated in soda-lime glass. The technique, that is regarded as complementary to the conventional lithography but with the inherent advantages of the direct processing of the material, is based on laser writing with a focused laser bema from an Ar+ laser, which induces a redistribution and aggregation of the small sliver clusters created in the glass during the ion-exchange process. We give a theoretical explanation of the physical processes that take place in the glass and expose experimental reslut of processing of silver ion-exchanged guides under different irradiation conditions. We expose the possible applications of this technique to integrated optics for 2D waveguiding, to optoelectronics for one-step electrode and waveguide fabrication, to planar optics for patterning of reflective components and to diffractive optics to fabricate conventional elements. We finally demonstrate some of this applications presenting devices fabricated by means of this technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3936, Integrated Optics Devices IV, (24 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.379948
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Ramon Salgueiro, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Vicente Moreno, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Jesus Linares, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3936:
Integrated Optics Devices IV
Giancarlo C. Righini; Seppo Honkanen, Editor(s)

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