Low-cost fabrication of optical waveguides, interconnects and sensing structures on all-polymer-based thin foils

Maher Rezem, Christian Kelb, Axel Günther, Maik Rahlves, Eduard Reithmeier & Bernhard Roth
Micro-optical sensors based on optical waveguides are widely used to measure temperature, force and strain but also to detect biological and chemical substances such as explosives or toxins. While optical micro-sensors based on silicon technology require complex and expensive process technologies, a new generation of sensors based completely on polymers offer advantages especially in terms of low-cost and fast production techniques. We have developed a process to integrate micro-optical components such as embedded waveguides and...
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