All the information necessary to achieve reasonably efficient coupling of semiconductor lasers to single-mode fibers is collected from the literature, derived when necessary, and presented in mainly tabular form. Formulas for determining the laser beam waist radius and the fiber-mode radius are given. Imaging relations connecting these values with the object and the image distances, including thick-lens correction factors, are given for three types of lenses: ball, hemisphere, and graded index. Sources for these lenses are indicated, and a discussion is also given about ways of reducing feedback effects and about the use of wedge-ended fibers.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 14, 1992
Published: June 20, 1993
Ivan Ladany, "Laser to single-mode fiber coupling in the laboratory," Appl. Opt. 32, 3233-3236 (1993)