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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 13 — Jun. 20, 2011
  • pp: 12462–12468

Planar waveguide tilted Bragg grating refractometer fabricated through physical micromachining and direct UV writing

Christopher Holmes, Lewis G. Carpenter, Helen L. Rogers, Ian J. G. Sparrow, James C. Gates, and Peter G. R. Smith  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 13, pp. 12462-12468 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.012462


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Abstract

A set of rapid prototyping techniques are combined to construct a laterally-tilted Bragg grating refractometer in a novel planar geometry. The tilted Bragg grating is fabricated in a silica-on-silicon planar substrate using a dual beam direct UV writing (DUW) technique. Lateral cladding mode confinement is subsequently achieved by physically micromachining two trenches either side of the direct UV written waveguide. The resulting device is demonstrated as an effective refractometer, displaying a comparable sensitivity to tilted Bragg gratings in a fiber optical geometry, but with the added advantages of planar integration.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(130.2755) Integrated optics : Glass waveguides

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 12, 2011
Published: June 13, 2011

Citation
Christopher Holmes, Lewis G. Carpenter, Helen L. Rogers, Ian J. G. Sparrow, James C. Gates, and Peter G. R. Smith, "Planar waveguide tilted Bragg grating refractometer fabricated through physical micromachining and direct UV writing," Opt. Express 19, 12462-12468 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-13-12462


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