Fiber Collimator Series 60FC-BC-Q

with two fiber input ports, a dichroic beam combiner and circular state of polarization

Features

Schäfter+Kirchhoff fiber collimators of series 60FC-BC are designed for dichroic beam combination and collimation. They posses two fiber receptacles and an integrated dichroic beam combiner. They additionally have an integrated quarter-wave plate in order to generate a circular state of polarization.
  • Two input ports
  • Spectral range 400 nm - 1000 nm
  • Choice of different focal length for the two wavelenghts (e.g. for choosing different collimated beam diameters, or for compansating different fiber NAs)
  • Circular state of polarization for both wavelengths
  • Gaussian intensity profiles
  • Compatible with the multicube™ and cage system
  • Rugged and compact design
  • A front-fitting for attachments, such as a diaphragm

Description

Schäfter+Kirchhoff fiber collimators of series 60FC-BC-Q are designed for dichroic beam combination and collimation. They posses two fiber receptacles, an integrated dichroic beam combinerand integrated quarter-wave plate. The fiber collimators of series 60FC-BC-Q are used when the wavelengths for combination are so different that they cannot be transmitted by a common single-mode or PM fiber.

An optics for each application
A large variety of optical designs allows that the optimum focal lengths for the individual sources you need can be selected for each application. All lenses are AR-coated.

Optical design
The radiation of the two input fibers is collimated to a beam with a diameter in the range Ø 1 - 4 mm, respectively. Either an adjacent dichroic beam combining optics or a polarization beam splitter superimposes the two sources to a common beam. In this collimated beam a dichroic quarter-wave plate changes the state of polarization from linear to left-handed or to right-handed circular for both of the sources simultaneously. Finally the common beam is expanded to the desired diameters. Since the focal lengths can be chosen independently for the two input wavelenghts, the resulting collimated beam diameters can be chosen to differ. Or the focal lengths can be chosen in such a way so that they compansate for different fiber NAs. By defocussing one of the input channels, it is also possible to compensate for chromatic aberration of the output optics.

Adjustment of focus
All fiber collimators of seris 60FC-BC-Q are aligned for the specified wavelengths.
In case of need you can change the distance between fiber end-face and the first collimating optics by means of an eccentric key. The lens does not rotate when adjusting the focus. The final focus setting is locked by means of two radially arranged clamping screws. Additionally attachment optics can be mounted to the front of the collimator.

Optimum lens performance
The angled polish of connectors of type APC is considered by a pre-angled mechanical coupling axis that compensates the beam deflection and you can use the lens centrically. This minimizes aberrations simply resulting from a non-ideal beam path through the lens.

Connector Type  
The fiber collimator can be equipped with FC PC, FC APC, F-SMA, ST or LSA (compatible with fiber connectors type DIN, AVIO and AVIM) receptacles. In case of FC or LSA with a spring loaded ferrule the fiber coupler has an additional grub screw to increase pointing stability.

Material
The fiber collimators are made of nickel silver, black anodized aluminum and stanless steel.

Mounting
The collimators series 60FC-BC-Q all are compatible to the multicube™ system (microbench or cage system).

Option
Besides these series 60FC-BC-Q fiber collimators there is the series 60FC-BC. These fiber collimators generate a common collimated beam for two sources. The polarization of the superimposed output beam is linear for both wavelengths.

60FC-BC-Q

Order Options

Order CodeWavelength 1Eff. Focal Length 1Wavelength 2Eff. Focal Length 2Clear ApertureFor Connector Type
60FC-BC-Q461/689-4-F100/33-24461 nm100 mm689 nm33 mm24 mmFC APC
60FC-BC-Q461/689-4-F41-24461 nm41 mm689 nm41 mm12 mmFC APC

FAQ

  • Troubleshooting
    • I can‘t collimate the radiation out of a coupler. Why?
      • Have you loosened the grub screws?
        The clamp screws have to be loosened before changing the focus setting, Please refer to the adjustment instructions of the individual couplers for more details.
      • Have you checked, if the fiber is correctly placed within the fiber receptacle of the coupler?
        The fiber connector might not be placed correctly within the receptacle of the coupler. In particular, please check the small grub screw holding the connector's ferrule (e.g. for FC PC and FC APC type couplers). It might be in the way. Please refer to the adjustment instructions of the individual couplers for more details.
      • Have you tried another eccentric key?
        Please check, if the eccentric key is damaged or broken.

        Please also check, if you are using the appropriate eccentric key. The eccentric key type 60EX-5 has a larger stroke compared to the key type 60EX-4. The 60EX-5 is used for couplers with focal length ≥ 12 mm. The 60EX-4 is used for focal lenghts < 12 mm.

        In some very, very rare cases the stroke of the original eccentric key may be too small for the coupler in your applictation. (See FAQ "Difference between 60EX-4 and 60EX-5"). Try using the 60EX-5 in this case.
      • Have you checked the eccentric key for damage?
        The eccentric key might be damaged or broken. If that is the case, try another eccentric key of the same type and (or) contact Schäfter+Kirchhoff for replacement.

Downloads

Article_FiberCollimators.pdf (Technote)

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