Wafer-scale in-plane micro-optical interconnects for fiber arrays

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Krähenbühl, Roger
Renggli, Martina
Mohrdiek, Stefan
Basset, Guillaume
Bundalo, Ivan-Lazar
Ghadimi, Amir
A novel wafer-scale, compact, in plane solution for interconnecting optical devices with fibers and fiber arrays in a self-aligned “plug-and-play” style is presented. In particular, micro-optical structures on glass wafers, as well as on SiN waveguide grating couplers were designed, optimized, and fabricated. The micro-optical structures are based on re-directing light (reflection) elements, combined with integrated comp like fiber self-alignment structures, fabricated using wafer scale reflow and replication processes. Successful assembly of a 12-fiber ribbon is demonstrated. Excess losses of these structures as low as 0.35 dB are obtained.
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ESTC 2022 Proceedings; ID027