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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1256–1262

Fabrication of an elastomeric rib waveguide Bragg grating filter

Cheng-Sheng Huang, Edwin Yue-Bun Pun, and Wei-Chih Wang  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 6, pp. 1256-1262 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.26.001256


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Abstract

We report the design and fabrication of a Bragg grating device on a silicone-based elastomer rib waveguide, constructed using solvent-assisted microcontact molding and polymer casting techniques. The waveguide design utilizes polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and hard polydimethylsiloxane (hPDMS) polymers as core and cladding materials, with a period of ~0.55 μm, a depth of ~350 nm, and a grating length of 6 mm. Fabrication is relatively simple, with the hPDMS/PDMS waveguide and gratings cast from a two-layer mold made of a phenolic resin-based positive photoresist and an epoxy Novolak resin-based negative photoresist. The mold we have designed has a demonstrated operational lifespan in excess of ten successful waveguide fabrications. The transmission spectra of the resulting gratings were measured, with test results showing a band-rejection gain of −17 dB and a 3 dB bandwidth of ~3 nm at transmission.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides
(350.2770) Other areas of optics : Gratings
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: February 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 29, 2009
Published: May 27, 2009

Citation
Cheng-Sheng Huang, Edwin Yue-Bun Pun, and Wei-Chih Wang, "Fabrication of an elastomeric rib waveguide Bragg grating filter," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 1256-1262 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-26-6-1256


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