The ultraviolet (UV) photosensitivity of Ta2O5 measured in a rib waveguide Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is reported. With a cumulative fluence of 72 J/cm2 at a wavelength of 248 nm incident upon one arm through a 3-mm-long window, the MZI exhibits a phase shift of 8π radians at wavelength λ = 1.55 μm, corresponding to a saturated refractive index change of 2.1 × 10-3. Real time measurements of the MZI output during exposure are given and the UV-induced refractive index change is found to be negative.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||IEEE Photonics Technology Letters|
|State||Published - Jun 2004|
- Integrated optics
- Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI)
- Planar lightwave circuits