In wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) systems, an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) multiplexer is a key component. A polymeric AWG multiplexer has recently attracted much attention due to its low cost processing and a potential of integration with other devices. Fluorinated poly (ether ether ketone) (FPEEK) is excellent material for fabrication of optical waveguides due to its low absorption loss at 1.55-?m wavelength and high thermal stability. A 32-channel AWG multiplexer has been designed based on the grating diffraction theory and fabricated using newly synthesized FPEEK. During the fabrication process of the Polymer/Si AWG device, spin coating, vaporizing, photolithographic patterning and reactive ion etching (RIE) are used. The AWG multiplexer measurement system is based on a tunable semiconductor laser, infrared camera and a Peltier-type heater. The device exhibits a wavelength channel spacing of 0.8 nm and a center wavelength of 1548 nm in the room temperature.
© 2005 Chinese Optics Letters
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
Fei Wang, Wei Sun, Aize Li, Maobin Yi, Zhenhua Jiang, and Daming Zhang, "Polymeric 32-channel arrayed waveguide grating multiplexer using fluorinated poly (ether ether ketone)," Chin. Opt. Lett. 2, 568-570 (2004)