An optical head based on the Talbot effect with an aspheric microlens array for an optical read-only-memory (ROM) card system was designed and fabricated. The mathematical expression for the wavefield diffracted by a periodic microlens array showed that the amplitude distribution at the Talbot plane from the focal plane of the microlens array was identically equal to that at the focal plane. To use a reflow microlens array as a master pattern of an ultraviolet-imprinted (UV-imprinted) microlens array, the reflow microlens was defined as having an aspheric shape. To obtain optical probes with good optical qualities, a microlens array with the minimum spherical aberration was designed by ray tracing. The reflow condition was optimized to realize the master pattern of a microlens with a designed aspheric shape. The intensity distribution of the optical probes at the Talbot plane from the focal plane showed a diffraction-limited shape.
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