We present a continuation of a previous study [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B <b>20</b>, 1838 (2003)] that focused on quantifying the spectral dependence of the refractive index and extinction coefficient of perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB)-based polymers. The theoretical loss spectrum of PFCB-based polymers is computed and compared with measured values on thick films over the spectral range covering the visible and near-infrared telecommunications bands. The results suggest that PFCB-based polymers provide for intrinsic attenuations below 10 dB/km in the visible and from 1.3 to 1.6 μm. The results are used to predict directions for the use of PFCB in optical fibers, planar lightwave circuits, and optical amplifiers.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
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John Ballato, Stephen H. Foulger, and Dennis W. Smith, Jr., "Optical properties of perfluorocyclobutyl polymers. II. Theoretical and experimental attenuation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 958-967 (2004)