Laser fabrication of optical microspheres

Q. K. Kieu, V. P. Veiko

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Abstract

A new method for fabrication of optical microspheres with the use of a CW CO2 laser is reported. Conventional method for fabrication of microspheres includes grinding and polishing processes which is not only time consuming, but also difficult of getting optical spheres with diameter less than 500 μm. It will be demonstrated that the laser method is very simple and capable of producing a wide range of optical spheres with diameter of several millimeters down to 10 micrometers or even less, and a wide range of materials can be used (glasses, porous glasses, glass-like ceramics...). Some applications of microspheres produced by the laser method are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-132
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5399
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventLaser-Assisted Micro- and Nanotechnologies 2003 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: Jun 29 2003Jul 3 2003

Keywords

  • Free space laser melting
  • Microoptics
  • Microresonators
  • Optical microspheres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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