22 May 2017 Three-dimensional polymer thermo-optic switch at 650 nm
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Dynamic optical power distribution has great importance to network optimization. A three-dimensional (3-D) polymer thermo-optic switch is designed and fabricated to work at 650 nm. Two rectangular poly(methyl-methacrylate-glycidly-methacrylate) waveguides in neighboring and parallel layers couple with each other in a vertical direction. The lightwave is routed in two layers through a metal heater control. Waveguide configuration and relative position are optimized theoretically through beam propagation method calculations. The fabricated switch demonstrates an extinction ratio of 27.5 dB at a driving power of 57.7 mW. Measured rise time and fall time are 639.8 and 758.2    μ s , respectively. Reliability characterizations within 125 days prove good operation stability at different extinction ratios. This work has potential in 3-D optical connections and visible light communication.
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Yueyang Yu, Guobing He, Lanting Ji, Qizhe Wang, Xiaoqiang Sun, Xibin Wang, Yunji Yi, Changming Chen, Daming Zhang, "Three-dimensional polymer thermo-optic switch at 650 nm," Optical Engineering 56(5), 057110 (22 May 2017). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.56.5.057110 . Submission: Received: 22 January 2017; Accepted: 9 May 2017
Received: 22 January 2017; Accepted: 9 May 2017; Published: 22 May 2017

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