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Basic structures of integrated photonic circuits for smart biosensor applications
Author(s): S. Germer; C. Cherkouk; L. Rebohle; M. Helm; W. Skorupa
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Paper Abstract

The breadth of opportunities for applied technologies for optical sensors ranges from environmental and biochemical control, medical diagnostics to process regulation. Thus the specified usage of the optical sensor system requires a particular design and functionalization. Especially biochemical sensors incorporate electronic and photonic devices for the detection of harmful substances e.g. in drinking water. Here we present recent developments in the integration of a Si-based light emitting device (LED) [1-3, 8] into a photonic circuit for an optical waveguide-based biodetection system. This concept includes the design, fabrication and characterization of the dielectric high contrast waveguide as an important component, beside the LED, in the photonic system circuit. First approaches involve simulations of Si3N4/SiO2-waveguides with the finite element method (FEM) and their fabrication by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD), optical lithography and reactive ion etching (RIE). In addition, we characterized the deposited layers via ellipsometry and the etched structures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The obtained results establish a basis for optimized Si-based LED waveguide butt-coupling with adequate coupling efficiency, low attenuation loss and a high optical power throughput.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8774, Optical Sensors 2013, 87740P (3 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2014920
Show Author Affiliations
S. Germer, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
C. Cherkouk, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
L. Rebohle, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
M. Helm, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)
W. Skorupa, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8774:
Optical Sensors 2013
Francesco Baldini; Jiri Homola; Robert A. Lieberman, Editor(s)

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