Large elliptical nanostructured gradient-index microlens

Ryszard Buczynski*, Adam Filipkowski, Andrew John Waddie, Bernard Piechal, Jedrzej Nowosielski, Dariusz Pysz, Ryszard Stepien, Mohammad R. Taghizadeh

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We demonstrate the feasibility of the development of a gradient-index elliptical microlens with a size of 75 x 125 mu m using nanostructured glass technology. The gradient index is obtained by means of a discrete internal structure composed of two glasses with feature sizes much smaller than the wavelength of the incident light. A modified photonic crystal fiber-drawing technique is used for the lens fabrication. The elliptical shape of the lens is obtained by a novel final drawing stage where the spherically symmetric lens preform is drawn into an elliptical form by collapsing two large air holes placed in the preform during assembly. The effective focal lengths of 160 and 260 mu m for the orthogonal axes are obtained experimentally for the fabricated lens, and show good agreement with those predicted by the effective medium theory and the full-wave beam propagation simulations. (C) 2015 Optical Society of America

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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