Polymer optical interconnection technology: toward WDM applications

Robert A. Norwood, Louay A. Eldada, Stephen M. Emo, J. Gustus, R. Rapoport, K. M. Stengel, L. W. Shacklette, Chengjiu Wu, C. Xu, James T. Yardley

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7 Scopus citations


We have developed organic polymeric materials that can be readily made into both multimode and single-mode optical waveguide structures of controlled numerical aperture and geometry, making them excellent candidates for WDM applications. Waveguides are formed lithographically, with the liquid monomer mixture polymerizing upon illumination in the UV via either mask exposure or laser writing. Our waveguides are low loss (0.03 dB/cm at 840 nm multimode) as well as temperature resistant (up to 10 years at 120°C), enabling use in a variety of applications. Single-mode structures such as directional couplers have been made via laser writing. We further discuss the fundamental optical properties of these polymers and as they relate to WDM applications. As an example, we discuss an inorganic multimode WDM sensor that has been developed for aerospace applications and its integration with multimode polymer waveguides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsLouis S. Lome
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1996
EventWavelength Division Multiplexing Components - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 29 1996Jan 31 1996

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


OtherWavelength Division Multiplexing Components
CitySan Jose, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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