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Polymeric components for telecom and datacom
Author(s): Mart Diemeer; Ronald Dekker; Lucie Hilderink; Arne Leinse; Muralidharan Balakrishnan; Mirko Faccini; Alfred Driessen
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Paper Abstract

Polymeric optical waveguide components offer attractive properties for applications in optical telecom and datacom systems. These are high speed for electro-optic modulators, low power dissipation for thermo-optic (digital) switches and low-cost for all active and passive components. We report on active and passive components realized by utilizing polymer-specific attractive techniques such as planarizing spincoating, low-temperature reflowing and direct photodefinition. Examples are multimode photodefined passive polymeric waveguides for optical interconnect applications; photodefined monomode polymeric waveguides loaded with rare-earth doped nanoparticles for planar waveguide amplifiers and with non-linear chromophores for electro-optic modulators. We will show that polymer waveguide technology allows vertical stacking of electro-optic microringresonators with their port waveguides to realize high-speed modulators. By reflowing the reactive-ion-etched microring we could reduce the scattering by wall roughness considerably. Thermo-optic polymeric microringresonators combine the high thermo-optic coefficient and low thermal conductivity of polymers with the small size of the microring. It will be shown that this yields a broad wavelength tuning range at low power dissipation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5956, Integrated Optics: Theory and Applications, 59560S (30 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.626830
Show Author Affiliations
Mart Diemeer, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Ronald Dekker, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Lucie Hilderink, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Arne Leinse, Lionix bv (Netherlands)
Muralidharan Balakrishnan, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Mirko Faccini, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Alfred Driessen, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5956:
Integrated Optics: Theory and Applications
Tadeusz Pustelny; Paul V. Lambeck; Christophe Gorecki, Editor(s)

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