Polymer-based optical interconnects using nanoimprint lithography

Arjen Boersma, Sjoukje Wiegersma, Bert Jan Offrein, Jeroen Duis, Jos Delis, Markus Ortsiefer, Geert van Steenberge, Mikko Karppinen, Alfons van Blaaderen, Brian Corbett

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    The increasing request for higher data speeds in the information and communication technology leads to continuously increasing performance of microprocessors. This has led to the introduction of optical data transmission as a replacement of electronic data transmission in most transmission applications longer than 10 meters. However, a need remains for optical data transmission for shorter distances inside the computer. This paper gives an overview of the Joint European project FIREFLY, in which new polymer based single mode waveguides are developed for integration with VCSELs, splitters and fibers that will be manufactured using multi-layer nanoimprint lithography (NIL). Innovative polymers, new applications of nano-technology, new methods for optical coupling between components, and the integration of all these new components are the technical ingredients of this ambitious project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOptoelectronic Interconnects XIII
    EditorsAlexei L. Glebov, Ray T. Chen
    PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
    ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-9399-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSPIE Opto - San Francisco, California, United States
    Duration: 2 Feb 20137 Feb 2013

    Publication series

    SeriesProceedings of SPIE


    ConferenceSPIE Opto
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco, California


    • low loss polymers
    • nano imprint litography
    • optical interconnects
    • photonic crystals
    • polymer waveguides


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