Dynamic polymer ribbon couplers for card-to-backplane optical interconnects

Guomin Jiang, Sarfaraz Baig, Michael R. Wang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Polymeric waveguides with dynamic coupler array are fabricated by vacuum assisted microfluidic technique for card-to-backplane optical interconnect applications. The dynamic optical coupler on backplane consists of 45 integrated waveguide mirrors and a perpendicular microfluidic channel for flow motion of index matching liquid and air bubbles. Controlled positioning of the air bubble or index matching liquid in contact with the integrated mirror can effectively turn on or off each surface normal waveguide coupler for card-to-backplane optical interconnection. The size of the integrated mirror determines the coupler efficiency. Effective surface normal optical coupling is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptoelectronic Interconnects XIII
StatePublished - Jun 24 2013
EventOptoelectronic Interconnects XIII - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 3 2013Feb 6 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherOptoelectronic Interconnects XIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Card-to-Backplane
  • Dynamic Optical Coupler
  • Flexible Polymeric Waveguide
  • Optical Interconnection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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