16 May 2017 Fabrication of long linear arrays of plastic optical fibers with squared ends for the use of code mark printing lithography
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Two dimensional code marks are often used for the production management. In particular, in the production lines of liquid-crystal-display panels and others, data on fabrication processes such as production number and process conditions are written on each substrate or device in detail, and they are used for quality managements. For this reason, lithography system specialized in code mark printing is developed. However, conventional systems using lamp projection exposure or laser scan exposure are very expensive. Therefore, development of a low-cost exposure system using light emitting diodes (LEDs) and optical fibers with squared ends arrayed in a matrix is strongly expected. In the past research, feasibility of such a new exposure system was demonstrated using a handmade system equipped with 100 LEDs with a central wavelength of 405 nm, a 10×10 matrix of optical fibers with 1 mm square ends, and a 10X projection lens. Based on these progresses, a new method for fabricating large-scale arrays of finer fibers with squared ends was developed in this paper. At most 40 plastic optical fibers were arranged in a linear gap of an arraying instrument, and simultaneously squared by heating them on a hotplate at 120°C for 7 min. Fiber sizes were homogeneous within 496±4 μm. In addition, average light leak was improved from 34.4 to 21.3% by adopting the new method in place of conventional one by one squaring method. Square matrix arrays necessary for printing code marks will be obtained by piling the newly fabricated linear arrays up.
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Toshiyuki Horiuchi, Toshiyuki Horiuchi, Jun Watanabe, Jun Watanabe, Yuta Suzuki, Yuta Suzuki, Jun-ya Iwasaki, Jun-ya Iwasaki, } "Fabrication of long linear arrays of plastic optical fibers with squared ends for the use of code mark printing lithography", Proc. SPIE 10232, Micro-structured and Specialty Optical Fibres V, 102320D (16 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2265001; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2265001

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