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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 1998
  • pp: 228–232

Self-alignment with optical microconnectors for free-space optical interconnections

Daisuke Miyazaki, Shoji Masuda, and Kenji Matsushita  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 2, pp. 228-232 (1998)

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A self-alignment technique that uses optical microconnectors for three-dimensional optics in optical computing systems and optical interconnections is proposed. The optical microconnector consists of an optical plug and a socket. On the output plane of an optical system, optical plugs are made of a photosensitive resin exposed to light through the optical system. Because the corresponding positions of the optical plugs are critical to the image formed by the optical system, a detecting device can be aligned and mounted by the connection of the optical plugs to sockets formed on the surface of the device. Optical microconnectors were experimentally fabricated in a reflective block optical system. An alignment accuracy of ∼20 μm was attained in the experiment.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(200.0200) Optics in computing : Optics in computing
(200.2610) Optics in computing : Free-space digital optics
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(200.4880) Optics in computing : Optomechanics
(220.1140) Optical design and fabrication : Alignment

Original Manuscript: March 7, 1997
Revised Manuscript: June 30, 1997
Published: January 10, 1998

Daisuke Miyazaki, Shoji Masuda, and Kenji Matsushita, "Self-alignment with optical microconnectors for free-space optical interconnections," Appl. Opt. 37, 228-232 (1998)

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