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Laser photochemical modification of polymers and applications in optical information technology
Author(s): Carsten Wochnowski; Krassimira Meteva; Simeon Metev
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In this paper some recent results are presented about the photochemical modification of polymers by UV-laser-irradiation which leads to a controllable and local change of the refractive index in the irradiated area of the polymer surface. The exact modification mechanism and its relation to the modified refractive index have been investigated on the basis of PMMA used as a UV-modifiable model polymer with good optical quality. This new UV laser-assisted technology for photochemical modification of the optical properties of UV-modifiable polymers like PMMA or PMMI and their fluorinated derivates permits the fabrication of a wide range of integrated-optical components like strip waveguides, power splitters, (Mach-Zehnder-)interferometers, Bragg gratings and other dispersive structures. These integrated-optical elements are crucial for the realization of dispersive components like WDM or AWG, which have a wide application in the optical sensor and information technology. The optical and functional properties like loss rate or mode propagation of some selected integrated-optical components have been investigated and are discussed in this article.

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Date Published: 19 February 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4830, Third International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (19 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.486584
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Carsten Wochnowski, Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology (Germany)
Krassimira Meteva, Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology (Germany)
Simeon Metev, Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4830:
Third International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication
Isamu Miyamoto; Kojiro F. Kobayashi; Koji Sugioka; Reinhart Poprawe; Henry Helvajian, Editor(s)

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