[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 3, No. 3 (1996) 192-196]

Nondestructive Measurement of Loss Performance in Channel Waveguide Devices with Phase Modulator

Lih-Gen SHEU, Ching-Ting LEE and How-Chiang LEE

Institute of Optical Sciences, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan, Republic of China

(Received February 20, 1996; Accepted April 16, 1996)

A novel method using a phase modulator is proposed for the nondestructive measurement of propagation loss in a channel waveguide. The phase modulator was fabricated on a Ti-diffused LiNbO3 crystal. Tuning the effective optical length of a waveguide by application of an electrical field on the phase modulator, the contrast of the resultant Fabry-Perot resonator in a channel waveguide device can be measured. The associated propagation attenuation coefficients are determined from the experimental results. Coordination of the phase modulator with an optical channel waveguide device not only allows measurement of the bending loss, but improvement in the relative intensity noise owing to the reduction of the reflected power.

Key words: Fabry-Pedrot resonator, contrast, attenuation coefficient, phase modulator, Mach-Zehnder modulator