25 August 2005 Micro-optical elements produced using an photo-embossing technique in photopolymers
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Proceedings Volume 5872, Advancements in Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials; 587209 (2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617734
Event: Optics and Photonics 2005, 2005, San Diego, California, United States
Abstract
Micro-optical devices are very important in current high-tech consumer items. The development of future products depends on both the evolution of fabrication techniques and on the development of new low cost mass production methods. Polymers offer ease of fabrication and low cost and are therefore excellent materials for the development of micro-optical devices. Polymer optical devices include passive optical elements, such as microlens arrays and waveguides, as well as active devices such as polymer based lasers. One of the most important areas of micro-optics is that of microlens design, manufacture and testing. The wide diversity of fabrication methods used for the production of these elements indicates their importance. One of these fabrication techniques is photo-embossing. The use of the photo-embossing technique and a photopolymer holographic recording material will be examined in this paper. A discussion of current attempts to model the fabrication process and a review of the experimental method will be given.
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Feidhlim T. O'Neill, Ita C. Rowsome, Alun J. Carr, Stephen M. Daniels, Michael R. Gleeson, John V. Kelly, Ciara Close, Justin R. Lawrence, John T. Sheridan, "Micro-optical elements produced using an photo-embossing technique in photopolymers", Proc. SPIE 5872, Advancements in Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials, 587209 (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617734; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.617734
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Polymers

Photopolymers

Polymerization

X-rays

Diffusion

Absorption

Holography

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