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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2003
  • pp: 2378–2380

Low-loss polymeric optical waveguides with large cores fabricated by hot embossing

H. Mizuno, O. Sugihara, T. Kaino, N. Okamoto, and M. Hosino  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 23, pp. 2378-2380 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.002378


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Abstract

A simple low-cost method of fabricating polymeric optical waveguides with large core sizes for plastic optical fibers is presented. The waveguides are fabricated by hot embossing with an ultraviolet-cured epoxy resin stamper. The stamper is fabricated by replication of a rectangular groove mold that is made from silicone rubber replicated from a ridged original silicon master. The master is fabricated by anisotropic etching of (110) single-crystal silicon. Optical waveguides with large core sizes of 100–500μm have been fabricated, and a low propagation loss of 0.19 dB/cm at 650 nm was achieved.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides

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H. Mizuno, O. Sugihara, T. Kaino, N. Okamoto, and M. Hosino, "Low-loss polymeric optical waveguides with large cores fabricated by hot embossing," Opt. Lett. 28, 2378-2380 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-23-2378

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