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Birefringence control for polymer optical waveguide devices
Author(s): Jia Jiang; Claire L. Callender; Chantal Blanchetiere; Julian P. Noad; Jianfu Ding; Michael Day
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports planar waveguide fabrication using a novel fluorinated aromatic polyether bearing cross-linkable pentafluorostyene groups. This polymer exhibits high thermal stability and low optical loss, and the crosslinker used allows thermal processing at low temperatures (<200°C). The influences of the fabrication process and the substrate choices on the refractive index and birefringence of polymer layers have been investigated. Polymer ridge waveguide structures have been fabricated and characeterized, and device optimization through molecular design, fabrication process and substrate choice is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5260, Applications of Photonic Technology 6, (15 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.543435
Show Author Affiliations
Jia Jiang, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Claire L. Callender, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Chantal Blanchetiere, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Julian P. Noad, Communications Research Ctr. (Canada)
Jianfu Ding, National Research Council (Canada)
Michael Day, National Research Council (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5260:
Applications of Photonic Technology 6
Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos, Editor(s)

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