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The combination of electro-optic (EO) thin films with silicon-integrated circuits provides a promising approach to creating optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEICs) capable of sending information at data rates greater than 1 Gbit/second with low power consumption. These devices are of two basic types - very highly parallel (64K channels or greater) or very high speed (Gbits/ second/channel). Materials scientists, chemists and physicists come together in this new volume to discuss EO thin-film materials and devices, and to learn about advances in fields outside of their specific areas. Electro-optic materials featured include organic polymers and/or multilayers, liquid crystals, and inorganic thin films. Materials design, processing, and device issues are addressed. Topics include: nonlinear organics; liquid crystals for integrated optics; ferroelectric thin films; Er-doped inorganic thin films; inorganic thin film waveguides.
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