Focusing and imaging with increased numerical apertures through multimode fibers with micro-fabricated optics
Di Fabrizio, Enzo M.
Di Leonardo, Roberto
KAUST DepartmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Materials Science and Engineering Program
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AbstractThe use of individual multimode optical fibers in endoscopy applications has the potential to provide highly miniaturized and noninvasive probes for microscopy and optical micromanipulation. A few different strategies have been proposed recently, but they all suffer from intrinsically low resolution related to the low numerical aperture of multimode fibers. Here, we show that two-photon polymerization allows for direct fabrication of micro-optics components on the fiber end, resulting in an increase of the numerical aperture to a value that is close to 1. Coupling light into the fiber through a spatial light modulator, we were able to optically scan a submicrometer spot (300 nm FWHM) over an extended region, facing the opposite fiber end. Fluorescence imaging with improved resolution is also demonstrated. © 2013 Optical Society of America.
SponsorsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreement no. 307940. We also acknowledge funding from MIUR-FIRB project no. RBFR08WDBE.
PublisherOptical Society of America
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