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Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2013
  • pp: 388–393

Development and characterization of optoelectronic circuit boards produced by two-photon polymerization using a polysiloxane containing acrylate functional groups

Rachel Woods, Sonja Feldbacher, David Zidar, Gregor Langer, Valentin Satzinger, Gerhard Schmid, Walter Leeb, and Wolfgang Kern  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 3, pp. 388-393 (2013)

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Research into the integration of optical interconnects in printed circuit boards (PCBs) is rapidly gaining interest due to the increase in data transfer speeds now required along with the need for miniaturized devices with increased complexity and functionality. We present a method that involves embedding optoelectronic components in a polymeric material and fabricating optical waveguides in one step. A silanol-terminated polysiloxane cross-linked with an acryloxy functional silane is utilized as a matrix material into which the 3D optical waveguides are inscribed by two-photon-induced polymerization. A pulsed femtosecond laser is used to directly write optical waveguides into the material, forming an optical link between lasers and photodiodes that are directly mounted on a specially designed PCB. The boards produced were characterized by monitoring the transmitted photocurrent as well as temperature-dependent data transmission properties. Data rates exceeding 4Gbit/s were achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 3, 2012
Published: January 11, 2013

Rachel Woods, Sonja Feldbacher, David Zidar, Gregor Langer, Valentin Satzinger, Gerhard Schmid, Walter Leeb, and Wolfgang Kern, "Development and characterization of optoelectronic circuit boards produced by two-photon polymerization using a polysiloxane containing acrylate functional groups," Appl. Opt. 52, 388-393 (2013)

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