Polymer waveguide with tunable optofluidic couplers for card-to-backplane optical interconnects

Guomin Jiang, Sarfaraz Baig, Michael R. Wang

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

4 Scopus citations


Polymeric waveguides with tunable optofluidic couplers are fabricated by the vacuum assisted microfluidic technique for card-to-backplane optical interconnect applications. The optofluidic coupler on a backplane consists of polymer waveguides and a perpendicular microfluidic channel with inclined sidewalls. An index matching liquid and air bubbles are located in the microfluidic hollow channel. The activation or deactivation of the surface normal coupling of the optofluidic coupler is accomplished by setting air bubbles or index matching liquid to be in contact with the waveguide mirrors. 10 Gbps eye diagrams of the card-to-backplane optical interconnect link have been demonstrated showing the high performance of the interconnect system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical Interconnects XIV
ISBN (Print)9780819499042
StatePublished - 2014
EventOptical Interconnects XIV - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 3 2014Feb 5 2014

Publication series

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


OtherOptical Interconnects XIV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Card-to-Backplane
  • Optical Interconnection
  • Optofluidic Coupler
  • Polymer Waveguide

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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