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Optical waveguide fabrication using a fast sol–gel method

Authors
Journal
Optical Materials
0925-3467
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
30
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.optmat.2007.11.020
Keywords
  • Sol–Gel Method
  • Optical Waveguides
  • Ormosils
  • Refractive Index

Abstract

Abstract In this work we present a method for fabrication of embedded waveguides using a class of organically modified silicates (ORMOSILs) with low organic content and glass like properties. The manufacturing of the ORMOSILs was done by a fast sol–gel method. This method allows for preparation of materials with finely controlled optical and mechanical properties. Optical waveguides with width and thickness ranges from a few micrometers up to hundreds of micrometers were fabricated. They were prepared using clad and core layers with tailored refractive indices over a wide range. The optical and mechanical performances of such waveguides are currently under investigation.

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