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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2014
  • pp: 1083–1088

Design, fabrication, and characterization of thermoplastic microlenses for fiber-optic probe imaging

V. K. Shinoj, V. M. Murukeshan, S. B. Tor, N. H. Loh, and S. W. Lye  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 6, pp. 1083-1088 (2014)

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Microlens-ended fibers could find great usefulness in future biomedical applications, particularly in endoscopic imaging applications. In this context, this paper focuses on microlens-attached specialty optical fibers such as imaging fiber that can be used for probe imaging applications. Stand-alone self-aligned polymer microlenses have been fabricated by microcompression molding. The fabrication parameters have been optimized for different materials, such as poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polycarbonate (PC Lexan 123R), Zeonor 1060R (ZNR), and Topas COC. A comparison study of the focusing and spatial resolution of the fabricated lenses is performed prior to employing them for fiber-optic fluorescence imaging applications.

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OCIS Codes
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(110.2350) Imaging systems : Fiber optics imaging
(170.2150) Medical optics and biotechnology : Endoscopic imaging
(170.2520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Fluorescence microscopy

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: October 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 6, 2014
Published: February 13, 2014

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V. K. Shinoj, V. M. Murukeshan, S. B. Tor, N. H. Loh, and S. W. Lye, "Design, fabrication, and characterization of thermoplastic microlenses for fiber-optic probe imaging," Appl. Opt. 53, 1083-1088 (2014)

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