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Passive Optoelectronics Component Manufacturing: A Case Study

[+] Author Affiliations
Laurence A. Harvilchuck, Peter Borgesen, Pericles Kondos

Universal Instruments Corporation, Binghamton, NY

Sunil Gopakumar, K. Srihari

State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

Paper No. IMECE2002-39208, pp. 465-469; 5 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Electronic and Photonic Packaging, Electrical Systems Design and Photonics, and Nanotechnology
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3648-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The infrastructure required for fiber optic communication systems to become truly affordable includes a supply of individual components at a price that can only be achieved through full automation of the packaging processes. We illustrate the manufacturing of typical passive photonics components through the case of a polarization dependent optical isolator. Identification of the available options here requires an understanding of the underlying optical principles and functionality, as well as of the influences of process variations and part tolerances on performance. Issues relating to cost, ease of manufacturing and automation are discussed. These include component design and materials selection, as well as questions of intellectual property.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Manufacturing



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