Abstract

One of the most efficient ways to prepare nonlinear optical polymer channel waveguides is by photobleaching. To control the index profile precisely and to design and improve the performance of active electro-optical devices, modeling of the photobleaching process is important. We report our phenomenological bleaching model, which uses a stretched exponential time dependency technique that predicts the index profile for polymer channel waveguides and present design rules for active optical switches and modulators. One way to verify the bleaching model is to calculate the effective index and compare this with our measured effective index obtained with prism-coupling techniques. The bleaching model shows good agreement with experiments.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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