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Microfabrication and test of pre-aligned fiber bundle couplers with integrated microlens array
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the design, microfabrication and testing of a pre-aligned array of fiber couplers with integrated out-of-plane microlenses using direct UV lithography of SU-8. The fiber bundle coupler includes a refractive microlens array and two fiberport collimator arrays. With the optical axis of the pixels parallel to the substrate, each pixel of the microlens array can be pre-aligned with the corresponding pixels of the fiberport collimator array as defined by the lithography mask design. This out-of-plane polymer microlens array was pre-aligned with the fiber collimator arrays with no additional adjustment and assembly required. This novel approach helps to dramatically reduce the running cost and improve the alignment quality and coupling efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 January 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6113, MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications III, 61130Y (23 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.650177
Show Author Affiliations
Ren Yang, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Steven A. Soper, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Wanjun Wang, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6113:
MEMS/MOEMS Components and Their Applications III
Scot S. Olivier; Srinivas A. Tadigadapa; Albert K. Henning, Editor(s)

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