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8 March 2014 Polymer waveguide with tunable optofluidic couplers for card-to-backplane optical interconnects
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Proceedings Volume 8991, Optical Interconnects XIV; 89910R (2014)
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2014, San Francisco, California, United States
Polymeric waveguides with tunable optofluidic couplers are fabricated by the vacuum assisted microfluidic technique for card-to-backplane optical interconnect applications. The optofluidic coupler on a backplane consists of polymer waveguides and a perpendicular microfluidic channel with inclined sidewalls. An index matching liquid and air bubbles are located in the microfluidic hollow channel. The activation or deactivation of the surface normal coupling of the optofluidic coupler is accomplished by setting air bubbles or index matching liquid to be in contact with the waveguide mirrors. 10 Gbps eye diagrams of the card-to-backplane optical interconnect link have been demonstrated showing the high performance of the interconnect system.
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Guomin Jiang, Sarfaraz Baig, and Michael R. Wang "Polymer waveguide with tunable optofluidic couplers for card-to-backplane optical interconnects", Proc. SPIE 8991, Optical Interconnects XIV, 89910R (8 March 2014);

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