Polymeric components for telecom and datacom

Mart Diemeer, R. Dekker, L.T.H. Hilderink, Arne Leinse, M. Balakrishnan, M. Faccini, A. Driessen

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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.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationIntegrated Optics: Theory and Applications
EditorsPaul Lambeck, Christophe Gorecki, Tadeusz Pustelny
Place of PublicationBellingham, USA
PublisherSPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0-8194-5963-1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2005
EventIntegrated Optics: Theory and Applications - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 1 Aug 20051 Aug 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceIntegrated Optics: Theory and Applications
Other28 August- 2 September


  • IR-62271
  • METIS-228205
  • EWI-12347

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