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Development of new host polymers for electro-optic modulators
Author(s): Lixin Zheng; Dan Jin; Dani Ialakiev; Eric Johnson; Diyun Huang; Don Tolstedt; Steve Condon; Anna Barklund; Amanda Cort; Baoquan Chen; Tim Parker; Raluca Dinu
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Paper Abstract

Host polymers play an important role in determining the thermal, optical and electrical properties of guest-host electro-optic (EO) polymers. In this study, a series of novel polymers, polyaryletherketones (PEKs) and polyarylethersulfones (PES'), were synthesized. After an initial screening on EO modulator fabrication-related properties, a PEK, LP120, was identified as a good candidate to host the highly stable chromophores (DH6 and DH52) developed in the company. Further optimization indicated that solvents in chromophore/polymer solutions have a strong impact on the quality of spin-coated films. DH6/LP120 and DH52/LP120 films spun from cyclopentanone gave lower optical losses of 1.97 and 1.55 dB/cm, respectively, when compared with 2.84 dB/cm for DH6/APC and 1.96 dB/cm for DH52/APC. Moreover, poling efficiencies as being reflected by EO coefficient were also improved by using LP120 compared to APC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6331, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials VI, 63310X (14 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.681926
Show Author Affiliations
Lixin Zheng, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Dan Jin, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Dani Ialakiev, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Eric Johnson, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Diyun Huang, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Don Tolstedt, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Steve Condon, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Anna Barklund, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Amanda Cort, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Baoquan Chen, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Tim Parker, Lumera Corp. (United States)
Raluca Dinu, Lumera Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6331:
Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials VI
Robert A. Norwood, Editor(s)

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