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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2007
  • pp: 4407–4412

Slow light structures in dye-doped polymer waveguides

Ed McKenna and Alan R. Mickelson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 20, pp. 4407-4412 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.004407


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Abstract

We present a simple and consistent technique for fabricating slow light structures in dye-doped polymer waveguides using the process of irreversible photobleaching. The slow light structures are moiré gratings. The gratings are holographically written into channel waveguides photobleached in side-chained PMMA∕DR1 films. The films are annealed during the photobleaching process in order to remove stresses in the films generated during the photobleaching process. These stresses have been observed to cause distortion and cracking of the film surface. The slowing factor for the moiré gratings is calculated from the reflectance spectrum of the waveguides using the Hilbert transform. Moiré gratings with slowing factors between 1.6 and 2.6 are demonstrated.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.3130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics materials
(160.3130) Materials : Integrated optics materials
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 2007
Published: June 20, 2007

Citation
Ed McKenna and Alan R. Mickelson, "Slow light structures in dye-doped polymer waveguides," Appl. Opt. 46, 4407-4412 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-20-4407


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