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Focusing capability of integrated chains of microspheres in the limit of geometrical optics

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Arash Darafsheh, Kenneth W. Allen, Nathaniel M. Fried, Vasily N. Astratov

The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA)

Amir Fardad

PhotonTech LLC (USA)

Andrew N. Antoszyk

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates (USA)

Howard S. Ying

Johns Hopkins Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7913, Laser Resonators and Beam Control XIII, 79131A (February 18, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.876139
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  • Laser Resonators and Beam Control XIII
  • Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko
  • San Francisco, California, USA | January 22, 2011

abstract

The effects of periodical focusing of light were studied in chains of sapphire microspheres with 300 μm diameters assembled either on a substrate or inside capillary tubing. Dye-doped fluorescent microspheres were used as multimodal sources of light in experimental studies. Significant reduction of the focused spot sizes was observed for chains of spheres compared to a single sphere case. Numerical ray tracing simulations were performed for similar chains assembled inside hollow waveguides to be used as an optical delivery system with mid-infrared lasers for ultra-precise surgery. The device designs were optimized for contact conditions during laser surgery involving short optical penetration depths of light in tissue. It is shown that chains of spheres with n around 1.65-1.75 provide a two-fold improvement of the spatial resolution over single spheres. Potential applications of these microprobes include ultraprecise laser procedures in the eye and brain or piercing a cell, and coupling of multimodal beams into photonic microstructures.

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Arash Darafsheh ; Kenneth W. Allen ; Amir Fardad ; Nathaniel M. Fried ; Andrew N. Antoszyk, et al.
"Focusing capability of integrated chains of microspheres in the limit of geometrical optics", Proc. SPIE 7913, Laser Resonators and Beam Control XIII, 79131A (February 18, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.876139; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.876139


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