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14 January 1993 Optical polymer waveguide devices and their applications to integrated optics and optical signal processing
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Polymer technology shows the potential to fabricate and integrate the basic components of OFDM-crossconnect elements which are important signal processing units in a future transparent optical network. The fabrication and characterization of integrated optical polymer components like power splitters and combiners and polymer directional couplers are presented. The devices are fiber-pigtailed, packaged and exhibit waveguide losses in the order of 1 dB/cm at 1.55 micrometers wavelength. Studies based on guest/host-polymer-systems for application on electro-optic polymer devices are shown and the synthesis and characterization of rare-earth doped polymers for active device applications are reported. Because polymer technology is a conceptional hybrid, a combination of semiconductor and polymer elements on large substrates is proposed. This opens up the possibility for a future large scale integration of optical components to functional devices by a cost-effective technology.
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Norbert Keil, Bernhard N. Strebel, HuiHai Yao, Crispin Zawadzki, and WenYen Hwang "Optical polymer waveguide devices and their applications to integrated optics and optical signal processing", Proc. SPIE 1774, Nonconducting Photopolymers and Applications, (14 January 1993); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.139159
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