Determining thermo-mechanical stress sources of an integrated optical device


OPTIK, vol.242, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 242
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijleo.2021.167281
  • Journal Name: OPTIK
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC
  • Keywords: Fiber optic gyroscope, Multi-functional integrated optical chip, Integrated optical device, Thermo-mechanical stress


In this study, we analyze the thermo-mechanical behavior of a multi-functional integrated optical chip (MIOC) via the finite element method (FEM). MIOC is a kind of fiber optic component which has a high thermal sensitivity. So; during temperature changes its mechanical resistance has a considerable critical significance. To investigate the thermo-mechanical effects, a threedimensional device structure is modeled and time-dependent Von-Mises stress analyses are carried out via the multiphysics approach in the simulation environment. The simulation results are evaluated regarding the change of the crystal structure, epoxy layers, and waveguide core region. It is demonstrated that structural configuration has a crucial impact on the mechanical stability of the integrated optical device. Because of this reason, case D is accepted as a preferable geometrical structure for mass production. Also, the most dominant stress effect arises from the epoxy layer interface between the fiber pigtail carrier and lithium niobate (LiNbO3) chip called region 1. In this context, we investigate the influence of extreme thermal conditions on the induced stress on region 1. Apart from the mechanical strength of the devices, optical transmission is another subject to consider. Two claims arise on this point: power flow through the waveguide core is temperature-dependent and it is also related to the stress-optical effect. Finally, we compare the simulation results with the experimental results and there is certainly a consistency between the two separate analyses. Furthermore; it can be said that manufacturing more than 500 devices facilitates the quantitative analysis of device performance.