Modeling of ion-exchanged glass waveguide structures

Brian R. West, Pratheepan Madasamy, N. Peyghambarian, S. Honkanen

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Glass waveguide devices fabricated by ion exchange have evolved to the point where conventional assumptions of waveguide symmetry and mutual independence are no longer valid. We describe a modeling tool that allows for the presence of an arbitrary, nonhomogeneous electric field distribution during the ion exchange process. An asymmetric waveguide produced by selective field-assisted burial is modeled and discussed. A directional coupler fabricated by field-assisted thermal ion exchange and subsequent field-assisted burial is modeled, and it is shown that a proximity effect exists in which the waveguides exert a mutual influence upon each other during processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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