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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 7 — Apr. 2, 2007
  • pp: 3902–3915

Guided self-assembly of integrated hollow Bragg waveguides

R.G. DeCorby, N. Ponnampalam, H.T. Nguyen, M.M. Pai, and T.J. Clement  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 3902-3915 (2007)

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We describe the fabrication of integrated hollow waveguides through guided self-assembly of straight-sided, thin film delamination buckles within a multilayer system of chalcogenide glass and polymer. The process is based on silver photodoping, which was used to control both the stress and adhesion of the chalcogenide glass films. Straight, curved, crossing, and tapered microchannels were realized in parallel. The channels are cladded by omnidirectional dielectric reflectors designed for low-loss, air-core guiding of light in the 1550-1700 nm wavelength range. Loss as low as ~15 dB/cm was measured for channels of height ~2.5 μm, in good agreement with both an analytical ray optics model and finite difference numerical simulations. The loss is determined mainly by the reflectivity of the cladding mirrors, which is ~0.995 for the as-fabricated devices.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 23, 2007
Published: April 2, 2007

R. G. DeCorby, N. Ponnampalam, H. T. Nguyen, M. M. Pai, and T. J. Clement, "Guided self-assembly of integrated hollow Bragg waveguides," Opt. Express 15, 3902-3915 (2007)

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