Enhancement of refractive index in Ti:LiTaO/sub 3/ optical waveguides by Zn vapor diffusion Academic Article uri icon


  • A double diffusion technique is developed to enhance the effective mode index of optical waveguides in LiTa03. It consists of Zn diffusion from the vapor phase at relatively low temperatures (750-800°C), into waveguides initially produced by Ti indiffusion at higher temperature (1150-1200°C). Both X- and Z-cut substrates are investigated. A model that combines profiles of both diffusions is formulated to calculate the expected effective index values for planar waveguides. Good agreement is found between experimental results and model predictions which assume that the initial Ti profile is not affected by the lower temperature Zn diffusion. Effective index enhancements as high as 0.005 and 0.003 are obtained by this method for the fundamental extraordinary and ordinary modes, respectively. © 1989 IEEE

author list (cited authors)

  • Jung, H., Eknoyan, O., & Taylor, H. F.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • February 1989