Abstract

A trough reflector with a reflective, truncated elliptical surface was designed to efficiently collect freely propagating light from a linear source. The source was placed at one focus of the reflector, and light was collected through a rectangular aperture near the second focus. Collection efficiency was much greater than that of a spherical integrator and ≈6.5× greater than that of an objective lens; as much as ≈55% of the light could be captured from the full aperture. This reflector could be used to efficiently collect surface fluorescence excited by use of evanescent waves in fluorescence-based fiber optic or capillary waveguide sensors.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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