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Bend- and Twist-Insensitive Flexible Multimode Polymer Optical Interconnects

Bamiedakis, N and Shi, F and Penty, RV and White, IH and Chu, D (2020) Bend- and Twist-Insensitive Flexible Multimode Polymer Optical Interconnects. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 38. pp. 6561-6568. ISSN 0733-8724

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Polymer multimode optical waveguides can enable high-speed short-reach optical interconnection at low cost within high performance electronic systems. The formation of such waveguides on flexible substrates can offer important additional advantages such as light weight, ability to be tightly bent, and reconfigurability which are particularly important in environments where space, weight, and shape conformity are critical, for instance in vehicles and aircraft. The ability of such flexible optical interconnects to be tightly bent and twisted with low excess loss is crucial in enabling their use in systems with limited space and with movable parts. As a result, in this work, we present a new design of such flexible polymer multimode waveguides that achieves improved bending loss performance over the conventional waveguide design. It is experimentally shown that the proposed design achieves a very low excess loss of 0.5 dB for a 3 mm radius bend under a 50 µm MMF launch. In comparison, flexible waveguides with the conventional design exhibit a 2 dB excess loss under the same launch and bend conditions. Additionally, useful rules that associate the twisting loss performance of flexible polymer waveguide samples with their geometric characteristics are derived. It is shown that negligible twisting losses (<0.1 dB for a 50 µm MMF input) can be achieved when the dimensions of the waveguide samples are appropriately selected. The results demonstrate the strong potential of such bend- and twist-insensitive flexible polymer waveguides for use in next-generation vehicles and aircraft.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2020 00:26
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 03:59
DOI: 10.1109/jlt.2020.3013994