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30 April 1999 Passive polymer optical waveguides for interconnecting lightwave components
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There are many different types of components used in optical communication systems. Difficulties in interconnecting these elements are responsible for the increased cost and complexity of many systems. One of the main issues is the coupling efficiency between the different components involved. The coupling efficiency is affected by mode mismatches as well as device misalignments. In this paper, we look at the example of a hybrid optical switch to show some of the coupling issues when using otpical interconnects. We first show how the use of tapered polymer waveguides can perform a mode transformation in order to reduce the mode mismatch. We also present results for a Monte-Carlo simulation which shows the effects of the component misalignments in the hybrid device.
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Regis S. Fan and R. Brian Hooker "Passive polymer optical waveguides for interconnecting lightwave components", Proc. SPIE 3631, Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits and Packaging III, (30 April 1999);

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