Laser-induced-forward-transfer: A rapid prototyping tool for fabrication of photonic devices

C. L. Sones, K. S. Kaur, P. Ganguly, D. P. Banks, Y. J. Ying, R. W. Eason, S. Mailis

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We propose a rapid prototyping method for the fabrication of optical waveguides based on the direct laser-printing method of ultrafast Laser-Induced Forward Transfer (LIFT) followed by further processing. The method was implemented for the fabrication of titanium in-diffused lithium niobate channel waveguides and X-couplers by LIFT-depositing titanium metal followed by diffusion. Propagation loss as low as 0.8 dB/cm was measured in preliminary experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-338
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


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