Low-loss, single-mode, organic polymer waveguides utilizing refractive index tailoring

Christopher W. Phelps, Timothy S. Barry, Daniel L. Rode, Robert R. Krchnavek

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Abstract

Low-loss, single-mode optical waveguides have been fabricated from photopolymerizable acrylic monomers. The material system consists of a low-index cladding resin and a high-index core resin. The two resins are miscible so that precise control over the refractive index can be obtained. This allows the fabrication of single-mode waveguides with specific cross-sectional dimensions. One advantage of this is the ability to fabricate waveguides with high coupling efficiencies to other devices such as optical fiber or semiconductor lasers. The materials adhere to a wide variety of substrates and exhibit average waveguide losses of 0.56 dB/cm at 1300 nm for single-mode waveguides. Details of the fabrication procedure, index of refraction tailoring technique, and waveguide loss data are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1900-1905
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume15
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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