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Femtosecond laser photopolymerization of photonic and free-movable microstructures in sol-gel hybrid resist
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Paper Abstract

We present the fabrication of microstructures for photonic and micro-/opto-fluidic applications using femtosecond laser 3D direct writing technique in zirconium-based sol-gel hybrid resist. The advantages and mechanism of photo-polymerization of this new material under fs-pulsed laser exposure are discussed. We suggest and achieve a novel method to fabricate free-standing and movable photonic microstructures, which exhibit much less distortion than the conventional structures attached to substrates, especially when made at close to the photopolymerization threshold. Fabrication of free-movable structures allows us to quantitatively study the shrinkage of photoresist and to improve the resolution. It also contributes to tuning the stop band position of photonic crystals to shorter wavelength. Furthermore, the demonstrated freely-movable property makes it possible to laser trap and manipulate photonic microstructures and have potential application in optofluidics and bio-applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7591, Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics III, 75910K (16 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840657
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Quan Sun, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Saulius Juodkazis, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)
Naoki Murazawa, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Vygantas Mizeikis, Shizuoka Univ. (Japan)
Hiroaki Misawa, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7591:
Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics III
Winston V. Schoenfeld; Jian Jim Wang; Marko Loncar; Thomas J. Suleski, Editor(s)

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