Inorganic-organic hybrid materials for application in optical devices

R. Houbertz, G. Domann, C. Cronauer, A. Schmitt, H. Martin, J. U. Park, L. Fröhlich, R. Buestrich, M. Popall, U. Streppel, P. Dannberg, C. Wächter, A. Bräuer

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Integrated passive and active optical devices are the key components in current and future data transfer technologies. In order to fulfill future requirements in miniaturization for diffractive, refractive and integrated optical devices, new materials with higher thermal stability and a better compatibility to processing techniques used in conventional semiconductor devices production are needed. Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers (ORMOCER ®s) produced at fairly low costs with a high degree of reproducibility are now proven candidates. The materials can be functionalized such that their physical and chemical properties can be tailored towards, e.g. optical applications on wafer-scale such as waveguides, gratings or microoptical devices. The materials behave as a negative resist and can thus be patterned by UV exposure with good resolution. Besides, the materials are very well suited for thin and thick film packaging technology. We here particularly focus on materials for optical (telecom/microoptics) applications. The optical behavior is characterized and discussed with respect to the chemical functionalities. Additionally, some application examples of selected optical components are given, produced either by UV lithography or by replication technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-200
Number of pages7
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct 1
EventSelected Papers from the 4th International COnference on Coating - Braunschweig, Germany
Duration: 2002 Nov 32002 Nov 7

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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