Abstract

We report a polymer waveguide module that provides bidirectional communication over a single plastic optical fiber (POF) with dual visible wavelength LEDs. The module is constructed using light-induced self-written waveguides, which enables a three-dimensional optical circuit for visible wavelength division multiplexing to be fabricated by an extremely simple process. We demonstrated 250Mbitss communication using a pair of these modules that each contained one green (λ=495nm) and one red (λ=650nm) LEDs by measuring the bit error rates. The results indicate that the system could transmit over more than 20m of POF in full duplex mode.

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2001

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, and H. Ito, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 1079 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1996

Fujishima, O.

S. Kato, O. Fujishima, T. Kozawa, and T. Kachi, in Proceedings of 13th International Plastic Optical Fibres Conference 2004 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2004), p. 232.

Inui, Y.

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, M. Yonemura, A. Kawasaki, and Y. Inui, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 183.

Ito, H.

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, and H. Ito, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 1079 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Kachi, T.

S. Kato, O. Fujishima, T. Kozawa, and T. Kachi, in Proceedings of 13th International Plastic Optical Fibres Conference 2004 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2004), p. 232.

Kagami, M.

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, and H. Ito, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 1079 (2001).
[CrossRef]

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, M. Yonemura, A. Kawasaki, and Y. Inui, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 183.

Kato, S.

S. Kato, O. Fujishima, T. Kozawa, and T. Kachi, in Proceedings of 13th International Plastic Optical Fibres Conference 2004 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2004), p. 232.

Kawasaki, A.

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, M. Yonemura, A. Kawasaki, and Y. Inui, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 183.

Kewitsch, A. S.

Kozawa, T.

S. Kato, O. Fujishima, T. Kozawa, and T. Kachi, in Proceedings of 13th International Plastic Optical Fibres Conference 2004 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2004), p. 232.

Mizoguchi, T.

T. Mizoguchi, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 38.

Yamashita, T.

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, and H. Ito, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 1079 (2001).
[CrossRef]

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, M. Yonemura, A. Kawasaki, and Y. Inui, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 183.

Yariv, A.

Yonemura, M.

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, M. Yonemura, A. Kawasaki, and Y. Inui, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 183.

Zeeb, E.

E. Zeeb, in Proceedings of the 10th International Plastic Optical Fibres Conference 2001 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2001), p. 169.

Ziemann, O.

O. Ziemann, in Proceedings of POF Conference ‘97 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 1997), p. 48.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, and H. Ito, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 1079 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

M. Kagami, T. Yamashita, M. Yonemura, A. Kawasaki, and Y. Inui, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 183.

S. Kato, O. Fujishima, T. Kozawa, and T. Kachi, in Proceedings of 13th International Plastic Optical Fibres Conference 2004 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2004), p. 232.

E. Zeeb, in Proceedings of the 10th International Plastic Optical Fibres Conference 2001 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2001), p. 169.

T. Mizoguchi, in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on POF (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 2003), p. 38.

O. Ziemann, in Proceedings of POF Conference ‘97 (International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibres, 1997), p. 48.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Diagram of bidirectional single POF communication using polymer waveguide modules.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Transmittance curve of the WDM filter and the spectra of the green ( λ = 495 nm ) and the red ( λ = 650 nm ) LEDs.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Process flow used to fabricate a module. (a) setting, (b) resin for core filling, (c) core forming, (d) unhardened resin removal, (e) resin for cladding fill and curing.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Example of a completed polymer waveguide module.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Results of the BER measurements. H.D., half-duplex; F.D., full duplex.

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