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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2013
  • pp: 1597–1599

Ultraviolet imprinting and aligned ink-jet printing for multilayer patterning of electro-optic polymer modulators

Xiaohui Lin, Tao Ling, Harish Subbaraman, Xingyu Zhang, Kwangsub Byun, L. Jay Guo, and Ray T. Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 1597-1599 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001597


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Abstract

The present work demonstrates an electro-optic polymer-based Mach–Zehnder (MZ) modulator fabricated utilizing advanced ultraviolet (UV) imprinting and aligned ink-jet printing technologies for patterning and layer deposition. The bottom electrode layer is designed and directly ink-jet printed on the substrate to form the patterned layer. The waveguide structure is formed into a bottom cladding polymer using a transparent flexible mold-based UV imprinting method. All other layers can be ink-jet printed. The top electrode is aligned and printed over the MZ arm. The modulator demonstrates a V-pi of 8 V at 3 kHz. This technology shows great potential in minimizing the fabrication complexity and roll-to-roll compatibility for manufacturing low cost, lightweight, and conformal modulators at high throughput.

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OCIS Codes
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2013
Published: May 3, 2013

Citation
Xiaohui Lin, Tao Ling, Harish Subbaraman, Xingyu Zhang, Kwangsub Byun, L. Jay Guo, and Ray T. Chen, "Ultraviolet imprinting and aligned ink-jet printing for multilayer patterning of electro-optic polymer modulators," Opt. Lett. 38, 1597-1599 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-10-1597


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