Multi-Channel Single-Mode Polymer Waveguide Fabricated Using the Mosquito Method

Sho Yakabe, Hitomi Matsui, Yui Kobayashi, Yuki Saito, Ken Manabe, Takaaki Ishigure

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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate that the Mosquito method is capable of fabricating polymer optical waveguides with single-mode cores. The Mosquito method we developed is a technique to form planar polymer waveguides using a commercially available microdispenser. In this article, the flow of the core monomer dispensed from the tip of the needle is simulated using fluid analysis software. The results show that the shape of the needle periphery significantly affects the fabrication of perfectly circular cross-sectional cores. In addition, we demonstrate that the Mosquito method is capable of reducing the MFD variation to 0.4 μm. We find such a small MFD fluctuation is comparable to that of typical single-mode optical fibers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9216570
Pages (from-to)547-556
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 15

Keywords

  • 3-D fluid analysis
  • Mosquito method
  • polymer optical waveguide
  • single-mode waveguide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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