Free-space monolithic microoptical modules: a low-cost route for photonic interconnects to silicon

Hugo Thienpont, Alex Hermanne, Heidi Ottevaere, Irina Veretennicoff, Valerie Baukens, Christof Debaes, Patrik Tuteleers, Michael Vervaeke, Bart Volckaerts, Pedro Vynck, Guy Verschaffelt

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We report on the design, the fabrication, the characterization and the demonstration of scalable multi-channel free-space interconnection components with the potential for Tb/s.cm(2) aggregate bit rate capacity over inter-chip interconnection distances. The demonstrator components are fabricated in a high quality optical plastic, PMMA, using an ion-based rapid prototyping technology that we call deep proton lithography. With the presently achieved Gigabit/s data rates for each of the individual 16 channels with a BER smaller than 10(-13) and with inter-channel cross-talk lower than -22dB the module aims at optically interconnecting 2-D opto-electronic VCSEL and receiver arrays, flip-chip mounted on CMOS circuitry.

Furthermore, using ray-tracing software and radiometric simulation tools, we perform a sensitivity analysis for misalignment and fabrication errors on these plastic micro-optical modules and we study industrial fabrication and material issues related to the mass-replication of these components through injection-molding techniques. Finally we provide evidence that these components can be mass-fabricated in dedicated, highly-advanced optical plastics at low cost and with the required precision.
Originele taal-2English
TitelProceedings of the SPIE, Vol 4455, Micro- and Nano-optics for Optical Interconnection and Information Processing, San Diego, USA, pp.231-241, July 2001
UitgeverijSPIE
Pagina's231-242
Volume4455
StatusPublished - 2001
EvenementConference on Micro- and Nano-optics for Optical Interconnection and Information Processing - , United Kingdom
Duur: 29 jul 200131 jul 2001

Conference

ConferenceConference on Micro- and Nano-optics for Optical Interconnection and Information Processing
Land/RegioUnited Kingdom
Periode29/07/0131/07/01

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Proceedings of the SPIE, Vol 4455, Micro- and Nano-optics for Optical Interconnection and Information Processing, San Diego, USA, pp.231-241, July 2001

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