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14 July 2003 Electro-optic polymer integrated optic devices and future applications
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Proceedings Volume 4991, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V; (2003)
Event: Integrated Optoelectronics Devices, 2003, San Jose, CA, United States
Recent developments in electro-optic polymer materials and devices have led to new opportunities for integrated optic devices in numerous applications. The results of numerous tests have indicated that polymer materials have many properties that are suitable for use in high-speed communications systems, various sensor systems, and space applications. These result coupled with recent advances in device and material technology will allow very large bandwidth modulators and switches with low drive voltages, improved loss, long-term stabilty, and integration with other microelectronic deices such as MEMS. Low drive voltage devices are very important for space applications where power consumption scales as the square of the modulator half-wave voltage. In addition, we have demonstrated novel dual polymer modulators for mixing RF signals to produce sum and difference frequency modulation on an optical beam. This novel approach allows the suppression of the modulation at the two input RF signals and only the mixing signals remain superimposed on the optical beam. The dual modulator can be used for various encoding and frequency conversion schemes that are frequently used for both terrestrial and space communcations. Another application of polymer integrated optics is in the field of optical sensing for high frequency electric field.
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James H. Bechtel, James H. Menders, and De Yu Zang "Electro-optic polymer integrated optic devices and future applications", Proc. SPIE 4991, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V, (14 July 2003);

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