Low-Pass Fiber Optics to Chip Alignment
Technical Challenge:Aligning a fiber optic cable to an integrated chip via direct coupling using current industry standards is very cumbersome, time consuming, and subject to signal loss.
Description:This technique is a unique means to align fiber optics to a photonic integrated chip that results in lower back reflections, lower insertion losses, easier alignment, and a more rugged package. It uses a ball lens, standard single mode fiber, low index fluid, and a custom-built index photonic chip. The technique is inexpensive to implement, easily scales up to handle multiple fibers simultaneously, and blends well with automated manufacturing.
Demonstration Capability:A demonstration is not available.
Potential Commercial Application(s):This technology offers great benefits to manufacturers of electronic components within the information technology industry.
Patent Status:A patent application has been filed with USPTO.
Reference Number: 1307
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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Reviewed: Jan 15 2009