Chapter 5

High-Speed Polymer Optical Modulators

Raluca Dinu, Eric Miller, Guomin Yu, Baoquan Chen, Annabelle Scarpaci, Hui Chen and Corey Pilgrim

5.1 Introduction

5.1.1 The advantages of EO polymer

Optical networks are the telecommunication backbone enabling computers and portable devices to exchange information almost instantly. As ever higher bandwidth is required from data centers and telecom networks, electro-optical (EO) components are challenged to meet the ever increasing performance demands such as higher power efficiency, smaller device size, and lower cost. The vast majority of EO modulators for telecom networks are currently built using lithium niobate technology. Fundamental limitations with lithium niobate devices prevent viable technology ...

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