27 October 2017 Improving partial wetting resolution on flexible substrates for application of polymer optical waveguides
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Considering the increasing amount of data for communication and infotainment applications, fabrication of optical networks and bus systems is a challenging task for production engineering. A two-step manufacturing process for polymer optical waveguides is presented. By improving the highly efficient flexographic printing technology by laser functionalization of the printing tool in combination with a subsequent spray application, high-quality waveguides are accomplished. By adjusting the resulting surface energy of the foil substrate in the first fabrication process, the spray application achieved high-aspect ratio waveguides with a low attenuation of 0.2    dB / cm at 850 nm.
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Gerd-Albert Hoffmann, Gerd-Albert Hoffmann, Tim Wolfer, Tim Wolfer, Thomas Reitberger, Thomas Reitberger, Jörg Franke, Jörg Franke, Oliver Suttmann, Oliver Suttmann, Ludger Overmeyer, Ludger Overmeyer, } "Improving partial wetting resolution on flexible substrates for application of polymer optical waveguides," Optical Engineering 56(10), 103109 (27 October 2017). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.56.10.103109 . Submission: Received: 14 August 2017; Accepted: 5 October 2017
Received: 14 August 2017; Accepted: 5 October 2017; Published: 27 October 2017
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