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Direct UV written planar devices for sensing and telecommunication applications

Direct UV written planar devices for sensing and telecommunication applications
Direct UV written planar devices for sensing and telecommunication applications
This thesis reports the development and potential applications of several direct UV written devices. The material platform of these devices is a silica-on-silicon composite, fabricated using flame hydrolysis deposition.

The device development within this thesis considers wet etching, micromachining and sputtering processes to enhance the physical and chemical actuation of direct UV written planar Bragg gratings. Physical actuation has been investigated through thermo-optic and strain-optic means, chemical actuation has been achieved through evanescent field exposure. Combining the chemical and physical actuators developed, a monolithic lab-on-a-chip based device has been fabricated. The demonstrated chip has the ability to monitor pressure, flow, temperature and refractive index of a measurand, flowing through a microfluidic channel.

A novel multimode interference (MMI) based device is also presented, which uses an adaptive Bragg period to define the side walls of the device. The reported structure shows a potential reduction in excess loss, compared to alternative raster scanned device geometries for power splitting operations.
University of Southampton
Holmes, Christopher
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Holmes, Christopher
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Smith, Peter
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Holmes, Christopher (2009) Direct UV written planar devices for sensing and telecommunication applications. University of Southampton, Optoelectronics Research Centre, Doctoral Thesis, 230pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

This thesis reports the development and potential applications of several direct UV written devices. The material platform of these devices is a silica-on-silicon composite, fabricated using flame hydrolysis deposition.

The device development within this thesis considers wet etching, micromachining and sputtering processes to enhance the physical and chemical actuation of direct UV written planar Bragg gratings. Physical actuation has been investigated through thermo-optic and strain-optic means, chemical actuation has been achieved through evanescent field exposure. Combining the chemical and physical actuators developed, a monolithic lab-on-a-chip based device has been fabricated. The demonstrated chip has the ability to monitor pressure, flow, temperature and refractive index of a measurand, flowing through a microfluidic channel.

A novel multimode interference (MMI) based device is also presented, which uses an adaptive Bragg period to define the side walls of the device. The reported structure shows a potential reduction in excess loss, compared to alternative raster scanned device geometries for power splitting operations.

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Published date: 30 September 2009
Organisations: University of Southampton, Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 301292
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/301292
PURE UUID: d3c6b137-3a19-4822-967f-8f453b5385f2
ORCID for Christopher Holmes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9021-3760
ORCID for Peter Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0319-718X

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Date deposited: 26 Mar 2012 16:07
Last modified: 09 Nov 2019 01:38

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