Three-dimensional patterning in polymer optical waveguides using focused ion beam milling

Kevin Kruse, Derek Burrell, Christopher Middlebrook
2016 Journal of Micro/Nanolithography  
Three-dimensional patterning in polymer optical waveguides using focused ion beam milling," J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS 15(3), 034505 (2016), Abstract. Waveguide (WG) photonic-bridge taper modules are designed for symmetric planar coupling between silicon WGs and single-mode fibers (SMFs) to minimize photonic chip and packaging footprint requirements with improving broadband functionality. Micromachined fabrication and evaluation of polymer WG tapers utilizing high-resolution focused ion beam
more » ... (FIB) milling is performed and presented. Polymer etch rates utilizing the FIB and optimal methods for milling polymer tapers are identified for three-dimensional patterning. Polymer WG tapers with low sidewall roughness are manufactured utilizing FIB milling and optically tested for fabrication loss. FIB platforms utilize a focused beam of ions (Ga þ ) to etch submicron patterns into substrates. Fabricating low-loss polymer WG taper prototypes with the FIB before moving on to mass-production techniques provides theoretical understanding of the polymer taper and its feasibility for connectorization devices between silicon WGs and SMFs. © The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI.
doi:10.1117/1.jmm.15.3.034505 fatcat:peykdxf6vfbzrf7hrf5rmtoy4m