High-Throughput Manufacturing for PIC Polymer Waveguide Using Multiple Exposures

Technology #ua18-007

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Linan Jiang
Research Associate Professor, Aerospace-Mechanical Engineering
Stanley Pau
Professor, Optical Sciences
Robert Norwood
Professor, Optical Sciences
Thomas Koch
Dean, Professor, Optical Science
Managed By
Amy Phillips
Sr. Licensing Manager (520) 621-9579

Title:  High-throughput Manufacturing for PIC Polymer Waveguides


Invention: Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed a method of fabricating polymer waveguides in polymer films to form the interconnections between optical devices such as PICs to other PICs and Optical Printed Circuit Boards (OPCBs). 


Background: An important problem in optical packaging involves the optical interconnection (chip-chip connections) of planar-integrated photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and the connection of such circuits to the external world. PICs allow systems with high complexity and multiple functions to be integrated on a single substrate to allow the generation, detection, propagation and modulation of both optical and electrical signals.  But the optical components are made of materials that are not particularly compatible with materials for electronic components.



*  By-passes incompatibility issues between optical materials and electronic materials

*  Uses off-the self polymer materials



*  Fabrication of integrated opto-electronic components

*  Telecommunications

*  Fiber laser manufacturing


Contact:  Amy Phillips; amyp@tla.arizona.edu

Refer to case number UA18-007