Abstract

Potentially low-cost optical side-couplers embedded along a polymer optical fiber are demonstrated using etched micromirrors. Both serial and parallel mirror fabrication possibilities are discussed. Light distributions to as many as 400 such side-coupling ports along a single straight fiber were experimentally obtained with uniformity of 74%. Various unidirectional and bidirectional all polymer array coupler concepts are presented. Some of them are experimentally demonstrated.

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Y. Koike, T. Ishigure, and E. Nihei, "High-bandwidth graded-index polymer optical fiber," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 13, pp. 1475-1489, 1995.

R. T. Chen, H. Lu, D. Robinson, M. Wang, G. Savant, and T. Jannson, "Guided-wave planar optical interconnects using highly multiplexed polymer waveguide holograms," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 10, pp. 888-897, 1992.

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