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Aplanatic near-field optics for efficient light transfer
Author(s): Doron Nakar; Daniel Feuermann; Jeffrey M. Gordon

Paper Abstract

Compact aplanatic concentrators can reconstitute the flux of a near-field ultrabright incoherent light source and couple it into an optical fiber. Performance near the thermodynamic limit for light transfer can be realized, even at high numerical aperture. The prospect of arc-discharge lamps as alternatives to lasers for many surgical fiber-optic procedures motivate this investigation. LED-fiber and fiber-fiber coupling constitute additional applications. The contours of these achromatic mirrored systems are analytic functions, which facilitates rapid surveying of a wide range of design options.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2006
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 45(3) 030502 doi: 10.1117/1.2181088
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 45, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Doron Nakar, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Daniel Feuermann, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Jeffrey M. Gordon, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)

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