I am in AMO Physics and work a lot with optics. I just wanted to get an idea of what coupling efficiencies one "should" get in a "reasonable time"* by coupling light into a fiber using different couplers, like collimators, mounting plates, mounted lens systems, etc. I understand that this dependents on a lot of factors, so I will narrow it down for my specific case but would appreciate if ppl report some numbers with a short info about their setups.
We use a cage system system with 5 mm lens and APC fiber plate to couple 633 nm laser light into an APC single mode fiber. Pretty much everything of the optical equipment is from Thorlabs.com.
The reason for my question: My PI told me I should get efficiencies up 80% percent with our coupling scheme but I can only get 30%. I hope to get a better feeling for coupling efficiencies with this answer.
Thanks for your input,
*With "should" and "reasonable time" I refer to coupling efficiencies one can achieve at time scales on the order of tens of minutes rather than hours, days, weeks.