High Δn strip-loaded electro-optic polymer waveguide modulator with low insertion loss

Christopher T. DeRose, R. Himmelhuber, D. Mathine, Robert A Norwood, J. Luo, A. K Y Jen, Nasser N Peyghambarian

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Abstract

We demonstrate a novel electro-optic polymer modulator design which shows a record low optical insertion loss of 5.7 dB at 1550 nm. The modulator consists of a high numerical aperture passive waveguide which is converted to a strip-loaded electro-optic polymer waveguide through refractive index tapers. The device is fabricated using all wet-etch techniques which results in low excess loss from roughness created during fabrication and, employs new low loss passive sol-gel materials. The fabricated device also shows a low half-wave voltage of 2.8 V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3316-3321
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2 2009

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High Δn strip-loaded electro-optic polymer waveguide modulator with low insertion loss. / DeRose, Christopher T.; Himmelhuber, R.; Mathine, D.; Norwood, Robert A; Luo, J.; Jen, A. K Y; Peyghambarian, Nasser N.

In: Optics Express, Vol. 17, No. 5, 02.03.2009, p. 3316-3321.

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DeRose, Christopher T. ; Himmelhuber, R. ; Mathine, D. ; Norwood, Robert A ; Luo, J. ; Jen, A. K Y ; Peyghambarian, Nasser N. / High Δn strip-loaded electro-optic polymer waveguide modulator with low insertion loss. In: Optics Express. 2009 ; Vol. 17, No. 5. pp. 3316-3321.
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