A photosensitive adhesive bonding process for a magnetooptic waveguide for an optical isolator employing a nonreciprocal guided-radiation mode conversion is investigated at 1.55 µm. The magnetooptic waveguide is a straight rib type, and it is fabricated by bonding the Si guiding layer to a magnetic garnet. In the fabrication process, an adhesive material is diluted to obtain a certain thickness before depositing on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate. The relationship between the percent dilution ratio and the thickness of the adhesive layer is considered. The smallest gap thickness is found to be 0.66 µm at a dilution ratio of 2%.
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