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16 February 2010 Modification of conformal-evaporated-film-by-rotation technique to improve uniformity of replicas of nonplanar biotemplates
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We modified the conformal-evaporated-film-by-rotation (CEFR) technique to improve the uniformity of nominally ⪅ 1000-nm-thick films deposited on nonplanar biological templates to replicate surface features. The biotemplates selected are eyes harvested from Phormia regina, a common species of blow fly which has large compound eyes. Bulk chalcogenide glass with nominal composition Ge28Sb12Se60 was used as the source material for all coatings. The modified CEFR technique introduced a second degree of freedom in manipulating the biotemplate with respect to the average direction of the vapor flux. We were thus able to tailor the motion of the platform holding the biotemplate to improve the uniformity of the coatings. Cross-sectional images of the coated biotemplates obtained using microtomy and scanning electron microscopy confirmed the expected improvement.
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Drew Patrick Pulisfer, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, and Raúl José Martín-Palma "Modification of conformal-evaporated-film-by-rotation technique to improve uniformity of replicas of nonplanar biotemplates", Proc. SPIE 7591, Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics III, 75910T (16 February 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.840437
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