Active glass-polymer superlattice structure for photonic integration

Zhanxiang Zhao, Gin Jose, Toney T. Fernandez, Tim P. Comyn, Mehrdad Irannejad, Paul Steenson, John P. Harrington, Michael Ward, Nikos Bamiedakis, Richard V. Penty, Ian H. White, Animesh Jha

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We propose an all-laser processing approach allowing controlled growth of organicinorganic superlattice structures of rare-earth ion doped tellurium-oxide-based glass and optically transparent polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) polymer; the purpose of which is to illustrate the structural and thermal compatibility of chemically dissimilar materials at the nanometer scale. Superlattice films with interlayer thicknesses as low as 2 nm were grown using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at low temperatures (100°C). Planar waveguides were successfully patterned by femtosecond-laser micro-machining for light propagation and efficient Er 3+ -ion amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). The proposed approach to achieve polymerglass integration will allow the fabrication of efficient and durable polymer optical amplifiers and lossless photonic devices. The all-laser processing approach, discussed further in this paper, permits the growth of films of a multitude of chemically complex and dissimilar materials for a range of optical, thermal, mechanical and biological functions, which otherwise are impossible to integrate via conventional materials processing techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Article number225302
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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