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Technology for Polymer-based Integrated Optical Interferometric Sensors Fabricated by hot-embossing and Printing

Technology for Polymer-based Integrated Optical Interferometric Sensors Fabricated by hot-embossing and Printing

Kategorien Konferenz
Jahr 2015
Autoren Xiao, Y.; Hofmann, M.; Sherman, S., Wang, Y..; Zappe, H.
Veröffentlicht in CSTIC 2015
Beschreibung

Integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZI) may be used as high-sensitivity sensors by taking advantage of the interaction of the waveguide evanescent field with liquids or gases surrounding the sensor. We present here the design and simulation of polymer-based MZIs fabricated using printing technologies. Based on simulations of an integrated MZI system with regard to variations of waveguide cross-section and refractive indices of core and cladding to optimize high sensitivity to external refractive index changes of analytes, waveguideswith single mode behavior are fabricated by hot-embossing and ink-jet or flexographic printing technologies. Finally, a hybrid combination of a laser diode with the printed MZI will be shown.

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DOI 10.1109/CSTIC.2015.7153476
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