Polymeric components for telecom and datacom

Mart Diemeer, Ronald Dekker, Lucie Hilderink, Arne Leinse, Muralidharan Balakrishnan, Mirko Faccini, Alfred 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 languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Optics
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Applications
EditorsPaul V. Lambeck, Christophe Gorecki, Tadeusz Pustelny
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA, USA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0-8194-5963-1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2005
EventSPIE International Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics 2005 - Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 28 Aug 20052 Sept 2005

Publication series

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


ConferenceSPIE International Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics 2005


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