6 September 1999 Manufacturing microcomponents for optical information technology using the LIGA technique
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Recently, splices and connectors for fibers ribbons, optical cross connects and especially planar waveguide devices have been fabricated via LIGA in combination with precision engineering techniques. LIGA combines high precision and mass production capability, necessary for products designed for applications in the telecom and datacom market. In this presentation the fabrication of three-level molding and embossing tools is presented, which have been used for the manufacturing of waveguide prestructures consisting of waveguide channels and bier-to-waveguide coupling grooves. The precision of the tools is better than 1 micrometers in all directions, which allows for simple passive pigtailing. A first product, a precision of the tool is better than 1 micrometers in all directions, which allows for simple passive pigtailing. A first product, sixfold array of 4 X 4 multimode star couplers has been realized. The molding behavior of PMMA and COC material has been tested and compared. Production and assembly was tested by fabricating a series of 300 star couplers. The average insertion los has been found better than 9dB, the uniformity better than 3dB, both measured at 830nm. THe device is designed for application in optical backplanes for high-speed computers.
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Hans-Dieter Bauer, Wolfgang Ehrfeld, Jens Hossfeld, Thomas Paatzsch, "Manufacturing microcomponents for optical information technology using the LIGA technique", Proc. SPIE 3739, Optical Fabrication and Testing, (6 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360148; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.360148
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