Abstract

In this paper we present a new development of the distributed-index planar microlens of 2.5–3-mm focal length and 0.15 N.A. and also show that it is usable with optical components in fiber communications. We then propose a concept of stacked planar optics consisting of a stack of arrayed planar microlenses and other optical components. From this configuration a 2-D array of optical devices is monolithically available, and many discrete components can be separated from the array. An optical tap array has been fabricated as an example of stacked planar optics.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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