Generally it is no problem to realize complex routed light guides even to places which are not accessible by other means.
Splitters and combiners, lenses, tapers, crossings, etc. can easily be obtained with high reproducibiliy by using a photolithographic process enabling highly integrated and cost-effective electro-optical sensor solutions.
This is a significant advantage over fiber based solutions, where the implementation of such structures is much more costly.
Singlemode couplers and interferometric structures are basis for complex, miniaturized photonic sensors.
This results in unprecedented new options for their challenging applications.
Data / Telecom / ICT
The fact that optical waveguides hardly influence each other allows the realization of much higher integration densities compared to electrical high-speed data transmission.
Electro-optical circuit boards can be built up without the use of expensive high-frequency materials.
Therefore, very cost effective, high-speed data transmission systems can be realized using vario-optics’ planar waveguide technology.