Ultra-low-loss polymeric waveguides for optical interconnection

James T. Yardley, Louay A. Eldada, Kelly M. Stengel, Lawrence W. Shacklette, Robert A. Norwood, Chengzeng Xu, Chengjiu Wu

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AlliedSignal scientists have developed new polymeric materials for ultra-low-loss optical interconnection, particularly for the key wavelengths of 0.83, 1.3, and 1.55 microns. Developments of these materials has required a thorough understanding of fundamental principles of optical absorption due to both vibrational and electronic resonant absorptions. We have thus created materials with measure losses at 830 nm which are in the range of 0.02 dB/cm/ At longer wavelengths, the losses can be higher due to the vibrational absorption within the polymer. However through careful selection of chemical structure, polymeric materials with intrinsic loss below 0.08 dB/cm have been demonstrated at 1.55 micron wavelength. For wavelengths longer than 830 nm, single-mode and multimode waveguides with losses equal to the intrinsic loses have been fabricated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsRay T. Chen, Peter S. Guilfoyle
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0819424161
StatePublished - 1997
EventOptoelectronic Interconnects and Packaging IV - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Feb 12 1997Feb 14 1997

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptoelectronic Interconnects and Packaging IV
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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