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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2007
  • pp: 602–610

Dispensed polymer waveguides and laser-fabricated couplers for optical interconnects on printed circuit boards

Yongzhang Leng, Victor Yun, Lisa Lucas, Warren N. Herman, and Julius Goldhar  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 4, pp. 602-610 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.000602


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Abstract

Optical interconnects can provide chip-to-chip data communication with much needed bandwidth as processor speed and density keep growing. Optical waveguides and couplers are essential components for implementing optical interconnections. Techniques for directly dispensing polymer waveguides in laser-ablated trenches on printed circuit boards and for fabricating optical couplers are presented for quick prototype of optical interconnects. High-quality UV curable polymer waveguides were routinely fabricated. High-efficiency couplers, blazed grating couplers on sloped waveguides, sloped facet metal film couplers, and reflective-undercut facet couplers can be fabricated by using excimer laser ablation.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 26, 2006

Citation
Yongzhang Leng, Victor Yun, Lisa Lucas, Warren N. Herman, and Julius Goldhar, "Dispensed polymer waveguides and laser-fabricated couplers for optical interconnects on printed circuit boards," Appl. Opt. 46, 602-610 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-4-602


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