Polymeric components for telecom and datacom


Diemeer, Mart and Dekker, Ronald and Hilderink, Lucie and Leinse, Arne and Balakrishnan, Muralidharan and Faccini, Mirko and Driessen, Alfred (2005) Polymeric components for telecom and datacom. In: Integrated Optics: Theory and Applications, 31 August - 2 September 2005, Warsaw, Poland (pp. 5956OS-1).

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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.
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Copyright:© 2005 SPIE
Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/62271
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.626830
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