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Flexible polymeric rib waveguide with self-align couplers system

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2 Author(s)
Huang Cheng-Sheng ; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-2600 ; Wang Wei-Chih

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The authors report a polymeric based rib waveguide with U shape self-align fiber couplers system using a simple micromolding process with SU8 as a molding material and polydimethysiloxane as a waveguide material. The material is used for its good optical transparency, low surface tension, biocompatibility, and durability. Furthermore, the material is highly formable. This unique fabrication molding technique provides a means of keeping the material and manufacturing costs to a minimum. The self-align fiber couplers system also proves a fast and simple means of light coupling. The flexible nature of the waveguide material makes this process ideal for a potential wearable optical sensor.

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Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan 2008

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