Abstract

A new concept for a common interface between passive and active single-mode devices is proposed. The submicrometer alignment accuracy necessary for efficient coupling of single-mode devices is extended to the range of some 10 µm by beam expansion with planar gradient-index microlenses; the increased angular sensitivity is satisfied by the use of planar surfaces. The imaging system is used off axis, resulting in a suppression of backreflections in the range >60 dB. Of many possible variations of components (fibers, waveguides, optoelectronic integrated circuits, edge-emitting lasers, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, photodiodes), the coupling of fibers and waveguides is examined in detail. Expected coupling efficiency and sensitivity to lateral misalignment are calculated by use of a modified beam-propagation method. In this way, the overall performance of the connector can be compared with existing connector concepts, and the feasibility of the concept is proven. Experimental results for the fiber–fiber connector are given.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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