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12 February 2009 PMT connectors for multi-channel film waveguides
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Intensive research on optical interconnections has attracted considerable attention for high-end router and server applications. A polymer film waveguide is expected to be applied to an optical circuit board in an optical interconnection. The film waveguide requires a conventional connector if it is to be employed as a practical optical circuit board. This paper describes the MT connector used with polymer film waveguide (PMT connector), which is compatible with the MT connector used with optical fiber. This connector can be attached to a film waveguide by passive alignment, and is used to connect waveguides. When the connector was equipped with an epoxy resin film waveguide, the insertion and connection losses were less than 1.4 and 0.5 dB, respectively. These losses are sufficiently small to meet the basic requirement for optical circuit boards, so we were able to fabricate a flexible optical circuit board with PMT connectors. This paper also describes the application of a film waveguide with PMT connectors to an optical front plane system.
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Yutaka Hatakeyama, Saburo Imamura, Junya Kobayashi, and Hideyuki Takahara "PMT connectors for multi-channel film waveguides", Proc. SPIE 7213, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XI, 72130V (12 February 2009);

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