Madden, Steve; Zhang, M. Y.; Choi, Duk-Yong; Luther-Davies, B.; Charters, R.
The authors demonstrate the production of low loss enhanced index contrast waveguides by reactive ion etching of IPG™ polysiloxane thin films. The use of a silica mask and CHF₃∕O₂etch gas led to large etch selectivity between the silica and IPG™ of >20 and etch rates of >100nm∕min. This work indicates that compact optical circuits could be successfully fabricated for telecommunication applications using polysiloxane films.
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