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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Feb. 24, 2014
  • pp: 4168–4179

Stretchable optical waveguides

Jeroen Missinne, Sandeep Kalathimekkad, Bram Van Hoe, Erwin Bosman, Jan Vanfleteren, and Geert Van Steenberge  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 4168-4179 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.004168


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Abstract

We introduce the concept of mechanically stretchable optical waveguides. The technology to fabricate these waveguides is based on a cost-efficient replication method, employing commercially available polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) materials. Furthermore, VCSELs (λ = 850 nm) and photodiodes, embedded in a flexible package, were integrated with the waveguides to obtain a truly bendable, stretchable and mechanically deformable optical link. Since these sources and detectors were integrated, it was possible to determine the influence of bending and stretching on the waveguide performance.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2013
Published: February 18, 2014

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Jeroen Missinne, Sandeep Kalathimekkad, Bram Van Hoe, Erwin Bosman, Jan Vanfleteren, and Geert Van Steenberge, "Stretchable optical waveguides," Opt. Express 22, 4168-4179 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-4-4168


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