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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2007
  • pp: 7500–7505

Assessment of integration of off-axis Fresnel lenses into a free-space interconnect

Michaël Ménard and Andrew G. Kirk  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 30, pp. 7500-7505 (2007)

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The integration of multiple optical functions into a single optical element is often seen as advantageous to improve practicality and∕or performance. In free-space devices, a common way to achieve this is to use off-axis Fresnel lenses to simultaneously collimate and redirect light. We study the impact of this type of integration on assembly tolerances and performance of a free-space interconnect designed to format a one-dimensional set of inputs into a two-dimensional array. Two systems are built and compared: one where light collimation and redirection are performed by different elements and one where these functions were combined into off-axis Fresnel lenses. The integrated system has lower losses but exhibits higher polarization sensitivity.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering

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Other Areas of Optics

Original Manuscript: March 29, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2007
Published: October 15, 2007

Michaël Ménard and Andrew G. Kirk, "Assessment of integration of off-axis Fresnel lenses into a free-space interconnect," Appl. Opt. 46, 7500-7505 (2007)

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