Fiber Collimator Series 60FC-E

for an ellipical beam cross-section

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Schäfter+Kirchhoff fiber collimators of series 60FC-E have a collimated elliptical beam with an axis ratio of up to 1:3. The state of polarization is linear and can be orientated in parallel with either the long or short elliptical axis.
  • Aspect ratio up to 1:3
  • Polarization: linearly polarized
  • Gaussian intensity profiles along both elliptical axes
  • Rugged and compact design
  • A front-fitting for attachments, such as a diaphragm
For Fiber Collimators with elliptical collimated beam and integrated quarter-wave plate see series 60FC-E-Q.


In some quantum optical experiments, collimated laser beams with an elliptical cross-section are used, for example as cooling beams in two dimensional magneto-optical traps (2D-MOTs) or in mirror MOTs. They are suitable for single-mode and polarization-maintaining fiber cables leading to collimated beams with a Gaussian intensity profile and an elliptical beam cross section with an axis ratio of up to 1:3.
The state of polarization is linear and can be orientated in parallel with either the long or short elliptical axis.

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

Optical design
The radiation of the fiber is collimated to a beam with a diameter in the range Ø 1 - 4 mm. An adjacent anamorphic beam shaping optics transforms the circular beam into a beam with an elliptical cross section. Finally the beam is expanded to the desired diameter.

Adjustment of focus
All fiber collimators of seris 60FC-E are aligned for the specified wavelength.
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 fo both cases. 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 (wide key*), FC APC (wide key*), SMA-905 (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. *Even though the fiber coupler has a wide key receptacle it still can be used with both narrow key and wide key fibers. More information can be found here.

The fiber collimators are made of nickel silver and black anodized aluminum.

The collimators series 60FC-E all posses a flange for low-strain mounting e.g. using the clamp collars series CC.

Besides these series 60FC-E fiber collimators there is the series 60FC-E-Q. These fiber collimators generate a collimated beam with elliptical cross section and with circular state of polarization.

60FC-E optical scheme

Order Options

Order CodeAspect RatioEff. Focal LengthDesign WavelengthClear ApertureFor Connector Type
60FC-E-4-F30x90-4211 : 330 x   90 mm421 nm20 mmFC APC
60FC-E-4-F30x90-4611 : 330 x   90 mm461 nm20 mmFC APC
60FC-E-4-F30x90-6711 : 330 x   90 mm671 nm20 mmFC APC
60FC-E-4-F30x90-7411 : 330 x   90 mm741 nm20 mmFC APC
60FC-E-4-F57x114-7801 : 2 57 x 114 mm780 nm29 mmFC APC
60FC-E-4-F57x171-8521 : 357 x 171 mm852 nm42 mmFC APC
60FC-E-4-F70x210-7801 : 370 x 210 mm780 nm48 mmFC APC
60FC-E-4-F70x210-8521 : 370 x 210 mm852 nm48 mmFC APC


  • 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/collimator. 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/collimators 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/collimators with focal length ≥ 12 mm. The 60EX-4 is used for focal lenghts < 12 mm.

        In some very rare cases (e.g.shorter wavelengths and end cap fibers) 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.
      • Are you using a fiber with an end cap?
        Collimating/coupling with an end cap fiber cable is no different than with a standard fiber cable. However, the focus position might vary a little (<200 µm) when swapping a standard fiber cable for a fiber cable with end cap.

        The eccentric key 60EX-4 is used to adjust the focus position. In some cases the stroke is not large enough.

        This includes working with very small wavelegths or very large wavelengths. Please try using the eccentric key 60EX-5 with a larger stroke instead.

    • It says my coupler/collimator was "precollimated" but the collimation setting seems to not be alright. What might be the problem?
      • Are you using the same wavelength as the adjustment wavelength?
        Schäfter+ Kirchhoff ships all collimators/couplers prealigned and collimated/preadjusted for either a specific wavelength defined by the customer or a typical wavelength. The prealigned is performed using professional collimating telescopes.

        The adjustment wavelength is given on the label for each collimator/coupler. If you are using another wavelength you need to change the focus setting. Please refer to the manual for more details.
      • Are you using the same fiber type as in the adjustment procedure?
        The fibers used in the standard adjustment procedure are all equipped with an end cap when aligning for wavelengths ≤ 520 nm. The adjustment wavelength is given on the label for each collimator/coupler. If a fiber with end cap was used it is marked by "EC".

        If you are not using a fiber with an end cap but the preadjustment at Schäfter+Kirchhoff was done using an end cap ("EC") or you are using a fiber with an end cap and the preadjustment at Schäfter+Kirchhoff was done without, you might need to change the focus setting. Please refer to the manual for more details.


Article_FiberCollimators.pdf (Technote)

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