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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 1 — Jan. 9, 2006
  • pp: 291–297

Symmetric waveguides in poly(methyl methacrylate) fabricated by femtosecond laser pulses

Seiji Sowa, Wataru Watanabe, Takayuki Tamaki, Junji Nishii, and Kazuyoshi Itoh  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 291-297 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.14.000291


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Abstract

We report on the fabrication of symmetric waveguides in bulk poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) by femtosecond laser pulses. A waveguide with a circular transverse profile can be obtained by using a slit beam shaping method. The refractive index in the core increases by up to 4.6 × 10-4 and the waveguide works as single-mode waveguide at a wavelength of 632.8 nm. This writing technique is applied to the fabrication of a directional coupler to split a coupled beam with a 1:1 splitting ratio at 632.8 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

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Optical Devices

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Seiji Sowa, Wataru Watanabe, Takayuki Tamaki, Junji Nishii, and Kazuyoshi Itoh, "Symmetric waveguides in poly(methyl methacrylate) fabricated by femtosecond laser pulses," Opt. Express 14, 291-297 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-1-291


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