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Optical performance of a diode laser circularizer microlens
Author(s): Randy F. Crouse; J. Larry Pezzaniti; Art Caneer
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Paper Abstract

The output from a laser diode is not circularly symmetric, the output divergence in one axis is much greater than that in the transverse axis. MEMS Optical has developed a laser diode circularizer1 that can take the elliptical output beam from a laser diode and circularize the beam. Due to it’s operating principle, it has a major advantage in that precise alignment is not required, making assembly operations much simpler and faster. Due to the ability to manufacture this device in wafer scale, it can be economically manufactured. We report here the results of a series of optical performance measurements, including wavefront phase and Strehl ratio. Designed for a wavelength of 650nm, it has less than 0.05 waves of wavefront error, Strehl ratios as high as 98%, efficiency of 89%, and circularity >0.95. The lenses have low aberrations and high throughput with a circular cross section. These lenses are ideal for use in applications such as optical data storage, fiber coupling, and any application in which degraded performance is due to an elliptical beam.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4984, Micromachining Technology for Micro-Optics and Nano-Optics, (17 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.472905
Show Author Affiliations
Randy F. Crouse, MEMS Optical, Inc. (United States)
J. Larry Pezzaniti, MEMS Optical, Inc. (United States)
Art Caneer, MEMS Optical, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4984:
Micromachining Technology for Micro-Optics and Nano-Optics
Eric G. Johnson, Editor(s)

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