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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 15 — Jul. 19, 2010
  • pp: 16217–16226

High index contrast polymer waveguide platform for integrated biophotonics

Jennifer Halldorsson, Nina B. Arnfinnsdottir, Asta B. Jonsdottir, Björn Agnarsson, and Kristjan Leosson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 15, pp. 16217-16226 (2010)

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We present detailed characterization of a unique high-index-contrast integrated optical polymer waveguide platform where the index of the cladding material is closely matched to that of water. Single-mode waveguides designed to operate across a large part of the visible spectrum have been fabricated and waveguide properties, including mode size, bend loss and evanescent coupling have been modeled using effective-index approximation, finite-element and finite-difference time domain methods. Integrated components such as directional couplers for wavelength splitting and ring resonators for refractive-index or temperature sensing have been modeled, fabricated and characterized. The waveguide platform described here is applicable to a wide range of biophotonic applications relying on evanescent-wave sensing or excitation, offering a high level of integration and functionality. The technology is biocompatible and suitable for wafer-level mass production.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors

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Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: May 20, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2010
Published: July 16, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jennifer Halldorsson, Nina B. Arnfinnsdottir, Asta B. Jonsdottir, Björn Agnarsson, and Kristjan Leosson, "High index contrast polymer waveguide platform for integrated biophotonics," Opt. Express 18, 16217-16226 (2010)

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