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Coatings 2013, 3(1), 49-58; doi:10.3390/coatings3010049

Low Loss Sol-Gel TiO2 Thin Films for Waveguiding Applications

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Received: 21 January 2013 / Revised: 27 February 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 11 March 2013
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TiO2 thin films were synthesized by sol-gel process: titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was dissolved in isopropanol, and then hydrolyzed by adding a water/isopropanol mixture with a controlled hydrolysis ratio. The as prepared sol was deposited by “dip-coating” on a glass substrate with a controlled withdrawal speed. The obtained films were annealed at 350 and 500 °C (2 h). The morphological properties of the prepared films were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The optical waveguiding properties of TiO2 films were investigated for both annealing temperature using m-lines spectroscopy. The refractive indices and the film thickness were determined from the measured effective indices. The results show that the synthesized planar waveguides are multimodes and demonstrate low propagation losses of 0.5 and 0.8 dB/cm for annealing temperature 350 and 500 °C, respectively.
Keywords: sol-gel; TiO2 thin films; optical properties; waveguides; propagation losses sol-gel; TiO2 thin films; optical properties; waveguides; propagation losses
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Touam, T.; Znaidi, L.; Vrel, D.; Ninova-Kuznetsova, I.; Brinza, O.; Fischer, A.; Boudrioua, A. Low Loss Sol-Gel TiO2 Thin Films for Waveguiding Applications. Coatings 2013, 3, 49-58.

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