Optofluidic waveguides for reconfigurable photonic systems

Aram Chung, David Erickson

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Abstract

We report the development of two liquid waveguide based photonic elements for use in reconfigurable photonic systems. This work demonstrates the ability to couple light from a conventional optical fiber to an adaptable liquid-core/liquid-cladding waveguide and back again to an optical fiber(s) enabling us to take advantage of both liquid- and solid-state photonic modalities. We demonstrate and characterize the use of this fiber-in and fiber-out system as either an optical switch or signal attenuator. Microscale flow control enables the adaptive morphology and tunable position of the liquid waveguide yielding an attenuation range of 3.1-10.7 dB, operability over a broad bandwidth spanning the range of wavelengths from visible to telecommunication, and a 1x2 sub-second switching system with a cross-talk as low as 20 dB and maximum coupling efficiency of 3.87 dB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8602-8609
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Volume19
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 25
Externally publishedYes

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Optofluidic waveguides for reconfigurable photonic systems. / Chung, Aram; Erickson, David.

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Chung, Aram ; Erickson, David. / Optofluidic waveguides for reconfigurable photonic systems. In: Optics Express. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 9. pp. 8602-8609.
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