Abstract

Eu(DBM)3 phen-doped polymer optical planar waveguides with low propagation loss of 0.5 dB/cm have been fabricated. The optical properties and concentration quenching of Eu(DBM)3 phen-doped poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) have been studied. The Eu3+ ion in Eu(DBM)3 phen-doped PMMA can be doped to high concentration (1 wt. %) without clustering. An Eu(DBM)3 phen-doped polymer waveguiding film with a very smooth surface was obtained. An atomic force microscope measurement result indicates that rms surface roughness of the waveguiding film is ∼1.185 nm. The near-field fluorescence was observed on Eu(DBM)3 phen-doped waveguiding film with 1-wt.% Eu3+ ions.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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