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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2008
  • pp: 3987–3993

Fabrication of polymer waveguides between two optical fibers using spatially controlled light-induced polymerization

Safi Jradi, Olivier Soppera, and Daniel J. Lougnot  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 22, pp. 3987-3993 (2008)

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A new method for the fabrication of polymer waveguides between two optical fibers using a spatially controlled photopolymerization is reported. By taking advantage of the self-guiding effect of light through a photopolymerizable medium, polymer waveguides perfectly aligned with the fiber cores and strongly anchored to their surfaces are fabricated. The process is characterized by following in situ the coupling efficiency of a nonactinic laser source. Examples of waveguides exhibiting good coupling efficiency and high flexibility are given. By selecting the suitable monomers and adjusting the photonic parameters, the optical and mechanical waveguide properties (diameter, length, refractive index, rigidity, and flexibility) can be controlled in view of optical sensor applications.

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OCIS Codes
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: April 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2008
Published: July 22, 2008

Safi Jradi, Olivier Soppera, and Daniel J. Lougnot, "Fabrication of polymer waveguides between two optical fibers using spatially controlled light-induced polymerization," Appl. Opt. 47, 3987-3993 (2008)

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