Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 4 (2009)

Optical bonding with fast sol-gel

R. Gvishi, M. Pokrass, G. Strum


We investigate here the properties of fast sol-gel for optical bonding. The precursors of the fast sol-gel material are organically modified alkoxides generating a transparent hybrid (organic-inorganic) substance with silica glass-like properties whose index of refraction can be modified by the addition of various metal-oxides. The fast sol-gel method consists of rapid fabrication of a viscous resin and its subsequent dilution for long shelf life use. This material, when used as an adhesive offers the option of either a thermal or UV curing procedure. We demonstrate a bonding strength of ~ 10 MPa when a 15 µm layer is applied between two glass elements. The bonding remained stable after an extensive -40ºC – 120ºC temperature cycling with minimal residual solvent evaporation at 150ºC. The fast sol-gel material was tested for optical bonding between silica bulks, between silica bulk and silicon wafers and as an adhesive in silica fibre couplers.

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