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23 January 2006 Siloxane materials for optical applications
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Proceedings Volume 6029, ICO20: Materials and Nanostructures; 60291C (2006)
Event: ICO20:Optical Devices and Instruments, 2005, Changchun, China
Siloxanes, which can be viewed as hybrids of glass and organic materials, have been used to fabricate polymer waveguides and devices that exploit the large thermo-optical effect of this material. Siloxanes have many unique properties including good thermal stability, chemical resistance, tunable refractive index, tunable mechanical properties and excellent photo-stability. The refractive index of siloxane polymer is composition dependent and generally ranges from 1.4 to 1.54. Introduction of porosity or composition modification can further expand refractive index range to 1.15~1.63. The loss and absorption characteristics for a variety of silicone-based polymers are examined and an example of a UV curable polymer coating illustrates the flexibility of the silicone polymer family to be tailored to meet specific application needs.
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Kai Su, Jon V. DeGroot, Jr., Ann W. Norris, and Peter Y. Lo "Siloxane materials for optical applications", Proc. SPIE 6029, ICO20: Materials and Nanostructures, 60291C (23 January 2006);

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