Fiber tips are optical micro-components that incorporate special
optical features at the end of an optical fiber. Sculpted fiber tips
boost the reliability and quality of optical systems as no additional
optical components have to be integrated and the number of optical
surfaces is limited.
Laser Components now offers optical fibers with integrated fiber tips
from its partner Polymicro Technologies. Polymicro has developed a
method of producing individualized fiber end surfaces with an excellent
reproducibility by using laser micro-machining.
When using fibers that have a silica core and doped silica cladding,
the cladding remains intact in many designs; thus, the light continues
to be reflected at the boundary surface between the core and the
cladding. The fiber tips can be adjusted according to the optical
properties required in order to meet different application needs.
In addition to classical shapes, such as spherical lenses, simple
lenses, and tapered-end fibers, diffusers and so-called side-fire
fibers can also be produced. The latter two fibers in particular are
very commonly used in medical technology.
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