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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1989
  • pp: 40–47

Radiant cured polymer optical waveguides on printed circuit boards for photonic interconnection use

Davis H. Hartman, Gail R. Lalk, James W. Howse, and Robert R. Krchnavek  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 40-47 (1989)

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We report a simple technique for patterning channelized optical waveguides on standard electronic printed circuit card material. The technique exploits the abundance of transparent, radiant-curing polymer adhesives in the fiber optics and the dental industries. The process is compatible with standard printed circuit card fabrication processes; hence its applicability to optical interconnection scenarios. We report typical guide losses in the 0.4–0.6-dB/cm range. Measurements were made using an automated noninvasive, nondestructive technique, also briefly described here. Simple structures, such as splitters, bus lines, and 90° bends were fabricated and are described. Optical coupling to the waveguides from packaged devices is also discussed.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: July 7, 1988
Published: January 1, 1989

Davis H. Hartman, Gail R. Lalk, James W. Howse, and Robert R. Krchnavek, "Radiant cured polymer optical waveguides on printed circuit boards for photonic interconnection use," Appl. Opt. 28, 40-47 (1989)

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