1 December 1991 Optically nonlinear polymeric devices
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Optically nonlinear side chain polymers have been used to make a number of polymeric electro-optic and thermo-optic switching devices. The following devices are described and their performances discussed: a 2 X 2 electro-optical directional mode coupler; a 1 X 2 Mach-Zehnder switch comprising a Y-splitter combined with 2 parallel arms and a directional coupler section; a polarization and wavelength independent switch comprising a Y- junction; and an electro-thermo-optical Mach-Zehnder interferometer. In addition, the stability of some of the devices is presented and discussed. The directional mode coupler shows -17 dB modulation depth for 7.5 Volts switching voltage; the Mach-Zehnder switch required 10 Volts for 14 dB switching ratio; the Y-junction switch needed 50 mW for >20 dB modulation; the electro-thermo-optical Mach-Zehnder required as low as 0.5 mW to achieve (pi) -phase shift. The results show that optically nonlinear side chain polymer are attractive materials for the realization of polymeric switching devices.
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Gustaaf R. Moehlmann, Winfried H. G. Horsthuis, Hans W. Mertens, Mart B. J. Diemeer, Frank M.M. Suyten, Berend Hendriksen, Christian Duchet, Pascal Fabre, Christian Brot, J. M. Copeland, John E. Mellor, E. van Tomme, Peter Van Daele, Roel G. Baets, "Optically nonlinear polymeric devices", Proc. SPIE 1560, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials IV, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50740; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.50740

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