Print Email Facebook Twitter Design of a Free-space and Single-mode Fiber Coupling Device Title Design of a Free-space and Single-mode Fiber Coupling Device Author Zondervan, A. Contributor Spronck, J.W. (mentor) Herder, J.L. (mentor) Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Department Precision and Microsystems Engineering Date 2014-08-28 Abstract A trend in metrology is the development of optical sensors. These types of sensors benefit of the minimum interaction of light with standard noise sources (e.g. electric fields) and the high carrier frequency (THz) - allowing for more accurate measurements than with conventional electronic sensors. The use of a laser and an optical fiber to guide the laser light in such metrology applications can easily be motivated. In order to facilitate the coupling of a laser beam (?10?3[m]) into a single-mode fiber (?10?6[m]), a device is needed. Even though such devices are available today, a clear demand can be seen for a device that reduces alignment effort and increases optical efficiency to a minimum of 30% or preferably more. Realizing established firms designed and build the non-satisfactory devices available today motivates an in-depth study of the optics involved to translate the requirements for a free-space-to-fiber in-coupling device into specifications. An analytical method is presented in this report that allows the user to assess the performance of both theoretical and realized coupling devices based on a single lens principle. The method and assumptions regarding initial alignment are used to assess devices available today, which all proved lacking in specifications or even their basic principles. A new control principle is designed, prototype build and analyzed in accordance with this method. Summing up the results of the report, it can be concluded that a working prototype has been build that demonstrated in-coupling at the expected theoretical maximum efficiency (_ 86%). Regarding the objective, up to 87.8% of the optical power produced by the laser is coupled in to the fiber. The prototype is able to maintain coupling over time with a transmittance efficiency higher than 63.9% for at least 32 hours. Moreover, a layman is able to use the device reaching an efficiency higher than fifty percent. Subject Optical Fibre Alignment To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:6116c204-5c30-4977-b596-0ca0075fbf4e Embargo date 2019-08-28 Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2014 Zondervan, A.