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Layered polymeric optical systems using continuous coextrusion
Author(s): Hyunmin Song; Kenneth Singer; Yeheng Wu; Juefei Zhou; Joe Lott; James Andrews; Anne Hiltner; Eric Baer; Christoph Weder; Robert Bunch; Richard Lepkowicz; Guy Beadie
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Paper Abstract

Polymers are receiving considerable attention as components in novel optical systems because of the tailored functionality, ease of manufacturing, and relatively low cost. The processing of layered polymeric systems by coextrusion is a method to produce films comprising hundreds to thousands of alternating layers in a single, one-step roll-to-roll process. Several layered polymer optical systems have been fabricated by coextrusion, including gradient refractive index lenses, tunable refractive index elastomers, photonic crystals, and mechanically tunable photonic crystals. Layered polymeric optical systems made by coextrusion can also incorporate active components such as photoreactive additives for multilayered patterning and laser dyes for all-polymer laser systems. Coextrusion is a process which allows for the flexible design of polymeric optical systems using layers with thickness spanning the nanoscale to the microscale.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7467, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments III, 74670A (9 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830035
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Hyunmin Song, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Kenneth Singer, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Yeheng Wu, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Juefei Zhou, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Joe Lott, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
James Andrews, Youngstown State Univ. (United States)
Anne Hiltner, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Eric Baer, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Christoph Weder, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Univ. of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Robert Bunch, Rose-Hulman Univ. (United States)
Richard Lepkowicz, Rose-Hulman Univ. (United States)
Guy Beadie, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7467:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments III
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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