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Flexible Interposing Carrier Scheme for Optical Waveguides

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037810D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brehm, LP: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a scheme for connecting optical sources and sinks (e.g., laser diodes and pin detectors) with a flexible waveguide structure that itself can be fabricated in an integrated fashion and yet separate from that for the sources and sinks, hereafter "devices".

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Flexible Interposing Carrier Scheme for Optical Waveguides

Disclosed is a scheme for connecting optical sources and sinks (e.g., laser diodes and pin detectors) with a flexible waveguide structure that itself can be fabricated in an integrated fashion and yet separate from that for the sources and sinks, hereafter "devices".

The devices may be contained entirely on one substrate or may be distributed among different substrates. If the latter, the flexible carrier can be made in a ribbon fashion and function as a waveguide strip array. By cutting and shaping the carrier in the appropriate way, the carrier can be overlaid on the distribution of sources and sinks and then optical connection made from devices to the waveguide channels. The waveguides could be self-contained structures that are mounted upon the interposing carrier or built as part of the carrier material itself, as with slab waveguides formed by material doping or compositional changes for the proper refractive index distribution. Electrical conductors can be formed upon the same flexible carrier.

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