Inkjet printing techniques for the fabrication of polymer optical waveguides

Nicholas A. Vacirca, Timothy Kurzweg

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Abstract

A great deal of attention in recent years has been given to inkjet printing as an alternative to traditional lithographic techniques due to its potential for low cost and rapid turnaround fabrication. A Dimatix DMP-2831 materials printer is used to inkjet print polymer waveguides of SU-8 negative photoresist. Several obstacles must be overcome for the technology to be feasible on a large scale including the development of capable print devices, suitable materials for printing, and the ability to consistently and precisely print high-aspect-ratio geometries. We will discuss the inkjet printing fabrication process, explore some of the difficulties encountered through the method, present several of our first prototype waveguides, and report some preliminary results on waveguide characterization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics III
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2010
EventAdvanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics III - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2010Jan 27 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7591
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherAdvanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics III
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period1/25/101/27/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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