Relevant Articles, Publications, Evaluations, and White Papers

Measurements of the Tolerance of a Class of Flexible Polymer Optical Waveguides to Ionizing Radiation

Davis Hartman, Scott Sifferman, Mike Newman, Paul Armijo; General Dynamics, Advanced Information Systems: Bruce Booth, Robert Furmanak, Optical InterLinks LLC

The measurements reported within this paper indicate that the polymer blends making up the Optical InterLinks’ flexible waveguide structures are surprisingly tolerant of various forms of ionizing radiation.  While the data suggest this, the results measured are so small that the failure mechanism has not yet been identified. 

Because these components possess such an unusual combination of optical and mechanical properties, further measurements may be in order, to ascertain the underlying physics driving their unusual radiation tolerance.  Some of these further measurements explore self-annealing mechanisms through loss monitoring in-situ or immediately after exposure, in addition to the evaluation of the impact of thinner 3 to 10 micron clad layers and of using higher radiation flux or exposure times.

The experiments described in this report, which can be found here, suggest that this class of flexible polymer waveguides hold potential to be implemented in practical space photonic interconnection applications.






NuSil Technology LLC;  Out-gassing study results for Optical InterLinks polymer products

This off-gas study, report found here, was at the instigation of General Dynamics in association with the RAD study paper. The important result is that the volatile solids content that out-gassed was well within the specified acceptance criteria. A summary note and NuSil’s tabulated data can be found in the link.






MIT Microphotonics Center Communication Road Map - Polymer Waveguide Section

Optical InterLinks (OIL) submitted a chapter (Section) on Polymer Waveguides for inclusion in MIT’s Microphotonics Center Communication Road Map. The chapter, which can be found here, provides a generic review on the status of polymer waveguide technology at the time of the submission, which was in April of 2013. This section uses OIL products, as examples, to describe the breadth and potential of polymer wavegwuides for practical optical interconnections at the circuit board level.  It reviews a number of topics and questions not covered elsewhere in the literature.  For reference, the entire road map table of contents is included at the beginning of the chapter.






Polymer Waveguide Interconnectivity.

An article published in Printed Circuit design in 2008 that reviews the reawakening need and preferred embodiments for optical interconnections using polymer waveguides at the board and chip level.  The paper emphasizes the growing interest and attributes inherent with polymer waveguide technology to satisfy industry requirement for optical interconnectivity. The title and official reference are:  Bruce L. Booth and Jack Fisher, “Optoelectronics Comes of Age”, Published as an article in Printed Circuit Design & Fab Vol. 25, No 3 with Parts 1 and 2 in the 2008 February and March issues respectively.  It was originally submitted to the publisher as: “Practical Optical Connectivity using Polymer Waveguides”.  For convenience an extended