Abstract

We present a continuation of a previous study [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 1838 (2003)] that focused on quantifying the spectral dependence of the refractive index and extinction coefficient of perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB)-based polymers. The theoretical loss spectrum of PFCB-based polymers is computed and compared with measured values on thick films over the spectral range covering the visible and near-infrared telecommunications bands. The results suggest that PFCB-based polymers provide for intrinsic attenuations below 10 dB/km in the visible and from 1.3 to 1.6 µm. The results are used to predict directions for the use of PFCB in optical fibers, planar lightwave circuits, and optical amplifiers.

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