We report the fabrication of planar microlenses with numerical apertures (N.A.’s) of 0.2 by field-assisted Ag–Na ion exchange in glass. To measure the N.A. of microlenses, different definitions can be used. We discuss the issue of measuring the N.A. and suggest an additional definition based on diffraction-limited performance. According to a simple model, the N.A. of a spherical lens is limited by the maximum index difference. Owing to this model, the N.A. for Ag–Na ion exchange is limited to a value of ~0.1. From measurements of microlenses, fabricated by field-assisted ion exchange, we obtained N.A.’s as high as 0.2, providing for diffraction-limited performance within the whole aperture.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 16, 1995
Revised Manuscript: February 29, 1996
Published: September 1, 1996
Jochen Bähr and Karl-Heinz Brenner, "Realization and optimization of planar refracting microlenses by Ag–Na ion-exchange techniques," Appl. Opt. 35, 5102-5107 (1996)