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Micro-optical elements produced using an photo-embossing technique in photopolymers
Author(s): 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
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Paper 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5872, Advancements in Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials, 587209 (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617734
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Feidhlim T. O'Neill, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Ita C. Rowsome, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Alun J. Carr, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Stephen M. Daniels, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
Michael R. Gleeson, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
John V. Kelly, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Ciara Close, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Justin R. Lawrence, Clemson Univ. (United States)
John T. Sheridan, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5872:
Advancements in Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials
Timothy D. Goodman, Editor(s)

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