Batch assembly micro-ball lens array for Si-based optical coupling platform in free space

Sheng Chih Shen, Cheng Tang Pan, Hwai Pwu Chou, Min Chieh Chou

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The paper presents novel concepts of batch fabrication of micro-ball lens array technology integrated on the silicon-based wafer which can improve the appropriate distance for optical fiber coupling. The silicon-based optical coupling platform consists of a self-parking framework (including flat-topped mesa and intersection of two v-grooves) and micro-ball lens array for optical fiber coupling purposes. The structure of optical coupling platform is able to improve the distance between fiber and micro-ball lens and to increase coupling efficiency. Optical measurement reveals an insertion loss below 2 5 dB with wavelength 635 nm in single-mode fiber. The micro-ball lens array is batch fabricated by polymeric material and thick photoresist, and then bonded onto a flat-topped mesa that adjoins to the v-groove. The corner compensation offers a method to fabricate the flat-topped mesa in the intersection of two v-grooves. This fabrication process not only provides accurate coupling distance between fibers and micro-ball lens, but also reduces micro-assembly cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-377
Number of pages5
JournalOptical Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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