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High-Index-Layer Coating on a Lensed Fiber Endface for Enhanced Focusing Power

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7 Author(s)
Shiraishi, K. ; Grad. Sch. of Eng., Utsunomiya Univ., Utsunomiya ; Kawasaki, N. ; Yoda, H. ; Watanabe, K.
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A new scheme for lensed fibers with a high focusing power is proposed. The new lensed fiber has a high-index layer coated (HILC) on a convex-shaped endface of a single-mode fiber (SMF). Numerical investigation shows that, by coating a 10-mum-thick film with refractive index of 3.7, the lensed fiber can contract the beam diameter of the propagating mode from 10.4 mum at the wavelength of 1.55 mum, to 1.2 mum. The enhanced focusing effect of the lensed fiber has been confirmed experimentally by coating an a-Si:H film on the lensed endface. The measured focused spot diameter was as small as 1.6 mum, much the same as the wavelength.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 7 )