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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3316–3321

High Δn strip-loaded electro-optic polymer waveguide modulator with low insertion loss

Christopher T. DeRose, R. Himmelhuber, D. Mathine, R. A. Norwood, J. Luo, A. K.-Y. Jen, and N. Peyghambarian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3316-3321 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.003316


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Abstract

We demonstrate a novel electro-optic polymer modulator design which shows a record low optical insertion loss of 5.7 dB at 1550 nm. The modulator consists of a high numerical aperture passive waveguide which is converted to a strip-loaded electro-optic polymer waveguide through refractive index tapers. The device is fabricated using all wet-etch techniques which results in low excess loss from roughness created during fabrication and, employs new low loss passive sol-gel materials. The fabricated device also shows a low half-wave voltage of 2.8 V.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(160.6060) Materials : Solgel
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: January 7, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2009
Published: February 17, 2009

Citation
Christopher T. Derose, Roland Himmelhuber, D. Mathine, R. A. Norwood, J. Luo, A. K.-Y. Jen, and N. Peyghambarian, "High Δn strip-loaded electro-optic polymer waveguide modulator with low insertion loss," Opt. Express 17, 3316-3321 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-5-3316


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