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Highly reliable flexible active optical links

Erwin Bosman (UGent) , Geert Van Steenberge (UGent) , Bram Van Hoe (UGent) , Jeroen Missinne (UGent) , Jan Vanfleteren (UGent) and Peter Van Daele (UGent)
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We present a process to embed commercially available optical material layers into a flexible foil. Patterning of the embedded layers results in highly transparent low loss flexible waveguides. Bending of the foil down to a bending radius of 5 mm causes no additional optical propagation losses. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser diodes (VCSELs) and photodiodes are thinned down to 20 mu m and embedded inside the cladding layer of the waveguides. They are optically coupled with the use of embedded micro-mirrors. The result is a thin foil of 150-mu m thickness with embedded active optical low-loss links. Accelerated aging tests prove the reliability of the embedded optical links exposed to humidity and temperature cycling.
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flexible, optical interconnect, optical waveguide, embedding, reliability

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Bosman, Erwin, Geert Van Steenberge, Bram Van Hoe, Jeroen Missinne, Jan Vanfleteren, and Peter Van Daele. 2010. “Highly Reliable Flexible Active Optical Links.” Ieee Photonics Technology Letters 22 (5): 287–289.
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Bosman, E., Van Steenberge, G., Van Hoe, B., Missinne, J., Vanfleteren, J., & Van Daele, P. (2010). Highly reliable flexible active optical links. IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, 22(5), 287–289.
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Bosman E, Van Steenberge G, Van Hoe B, Missinne J, Vanfleteren J, Van Daele P. Highly reliable flexible active optical links. IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS. 2010;22(5):287–9.
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Bosman, Erwin, Geert Van Steenberge, Bram Van Hoe, et al. “Highly Reliable Flexible Active Optical Links.” IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS 22.5 (2010): 287–289. Print.
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  abstract     = {We present a process to embed commercially available optical material layers into a flexible foil. Patterning of the embedded layers results in highly transparent low loss flexible waveguides. Bending of the foil down to a bending radius of 5 mm causes no additional optical propagation losses. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser diodes (VCSELs) and photodiodes are thinned down to 20 mu m and embedded inside the cladding layer of the waveguides. They are optically coupled with the use of embedded micro-mirrors. The result is a thin foil of 150-mu m thickness with embedded active optical low-loss links. Accelerated aging tests prove the reliability of the embedded optical links exposed to humidity and temperature cycling.},
  author       = {Bosman, Erwin and Van Steenberge, Geert and Van Hoe, Bram and Missinne, Jeroen and Vanfleteren, Jan and Van Daele, Peter},
  issn         = {1041-1135},
  journal      = {IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {287--289},
  title        = {Highly reliable flexible active optical links},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LPT.2009.2038797},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2010},
}

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