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Optical Engineering

Simple technique for replication of micro-optical elements
Author(s): Philippe Nussbaum; Irene Philipoussis; Aline Husser; Hans Peter Herzig
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Paper Abstract

A simple technique for the replication of micro-optical elements is presented. Elastomeric material is used to realize a negative mold of the original optical element and UV-curing adhesive is used to make the replicated copy. Replicated elements, such as refractive and diffractive micro-optical elements, are produced. The refractive microlenses have a diameter of 970 µm and a height of 79 µm and the diffractive element is a multilevel blazed grating with a period of 64 µm. The characteristics of the replicated elements are measured using different methods. The deviation from a sphere of the original and the replicated refractive microlenses is 0.13?. and 0.12?. root mean square (rms), respectively. The replicated multilevel blazed grating has a diffraction efficiency of over 80%. An alternative method for realizing planoconcave microlenses from a planoconvex master is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 37(6) doi: 10.1117/1.601799
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 37, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Philippe Nussbaum, Univ. of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Irene Philipoussis, Univ. of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Aline Husser, Univ. of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Hans Peter Herzig, Univ. of Neuchatel (Switzerland)

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