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Fabrication of microgrooves with excimer laser ablation techniques for plastic optical fiber array alignment purposes
Author(s): Kris Naessens; An Van Hove; Thierry Coosemans; Steven Verstuyft; Heidi Ottevaere; Luc Vanwassenhove; Peter Van Daele; Roel G. Baets
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Paper Abstract

Laser ablation is extremely well suited for rapid prototyping and proves to be a versatile technique delivering high accuracy dimensioning and repeatability of features in a wide diversity of materials. In this paper, we present laser ablation as a fabrication method for micro machining in of arrays consisting of precisely dimensioned U-grooves in dedicated polycarbonate and polymethylmetacrylate plates. The dependency of the performance on various parameters is discussed. The fabricated plates are used to hold optical fibers by means of a UV-curable adhesive. Stacking and gluing of the plates allows the assembly of a 2D connector of plastic optical fibers for short distance optical interconnects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3933, Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing V, (7 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.387568
Show Author Affiliations
Kris Naessens, Univ. Gent/IMEC (Belgium)
An Van Hove, Univ. Gent/IMEC (Belgium)
Thierry Coosemans, Univ. Gent/IMEC (Belgium)
Steven Verstuyft, Univ. Gent/IMEC (Belgium)
Heidi Ottevaere, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Luc Vanwassenhove, Univ. Gent/IMEC (Belgium)
Peter Van Daele, Univ. Gent/IMEC (Belgium)
Roel G. Baets, Univ. Gent/IMEC (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3933:
Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing V
Henry Helvajian; Koji Sugioka; Malcolm C. Gower; Jan J. Dubowski, Editor(s)

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