a wavelength division multiplexer based on a polymeric arrayed-waveguide grating has been designed and fabricated. A 4-channel multiplexer with a spacing of 3.2 nm is designe dby using te 2-dimensional beam propagation method. A UV-curable epoxy, NOA73, is used for the core layer, and a passive polymer, PMMA, for the cladding layer. The polymer waveguides are fabricated by the reactive ion etching method and their optical properties are characterized. The fabricted device has a center wavelength of 1548.3 nm, and the wavelength spacing between the channels is 3.2nm. The measured crosstalk is better than -18dB.
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