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Cylindrical micro-optics
Author(s): James J. Snyder
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Paper Abstract

The process of forming cylindrical glass microlenses drawn from a precisely shaped preform provides optical engineers and designers a novel source of miniaturized optical components with very high numerical aperture and diffraction-limited performance. Because of these characteristics, and because of the inherent anamorphic nature of cylindrical optics, drawn microlenses are ideally suited for use with most laser diodes. The technology has evolved during the past couple of years to the point that laser diodes products incorporating these microlenses are now available commercially, and they are beginning to be incorporated into commercial instruments. In this paper we review the current status of drawn cylindrical microlenses, and discuss some novel applications being developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1992, Miniature and Micro-Optics and Micromechanics, (15 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165693
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James J. Snyder, Blue Sky Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1992:
Miniature and Micro-Optics and Micromechanics
Neal C. Gallagher; Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Editor(s)

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