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Efficient collection and manipulation of laser diode output using refractive micro-optics
Author(s): Todd S. Rose; David A. Hinkley; Renny Arthur Fields
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Paper Abstract

The collection efficiency and collimation ability of high numerical aperture circular and cylindrical GaP lenses were evaluated using single index-guided and gain-guided laser diode emitters. Comparisons were made between 200 micrometers focal length cylindrical lenses (NA equals 0.75) fabricated by an accurate repetitive step-wise etching method and 70 micrometers focal length cylindrical lenses (NA > 1) fabricated by a simple resist reflow technique. Lens arrays (200 - 300 micrometers fl, 0.5 - 0.75 NA) fabricated by the repetitive resist-etch method were used to collimate the output of a diode bar consisting of 100 index-guided elements. Refocusing of the collimated light with a macro-optic (for pumping a Nd:YVO4 laser) produced a spot that was on average 2 - 3 times larger than the diffraction limit and contained up to 88% of the total bar output. The deviation from the theoretical limit was examined in terms of lens fabrication accuracy and alignment tolerances between the diode and lens arrays, which were shown to be on the order of 1 - 2 micrometers .

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2383, Micro-Optics/Micromechanics and Laser Scanning and Shaping, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209028
Show Author Affiliations
Todd S. Rose, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
David A. Hinkley, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Renny Arthur Fields, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2383:
Micro-Optics/Micromechanics and Laser Scanning and Shaping
M. Edward Motamedi; Leo Beiser, Editor(s)

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