Fabrication of micro optics for fiber optics applications is a challenge due to their size and the issues associated with alignment of the optics to single-mode fibers. This study summarizes a method for fabricating diffractive optical elements on the ends of coreless fiber segments for passive alignment to single-mode fibers. Results are presented for passively aligned diffractive lens elements used for both collimation and beam shaping.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 14, 2002
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2002
Published: February 10, 2003
Eric G. Johnson, Jared Stack, Thomas J. Suleski, Charles Koehler, and William Delaney, "Fabrication of micro optics on coreless fiber segments," Appl. Opt. 42, 785-791 (2003)