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Polymer microstructures: are they applicable as optical components?
Author(s): Oliver Geschke; Martin F. Jensen; Gerardo Perozziello; Frederik Bundgaard; Christian B. Nielsen; Leif Højslet Christensen
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Paper Abstract

We present a new method to manufacture arrays of microlenses with varying diameter and/or varying focal length on the same substrate material. The method combines direct laser machining with a casting method and is based on the exposure of poly-methylmethacrylate (PMMA) to an UV Excimer Laser (248 nm). A following thermal treatment of the PMMA results in spherical caps in the PMMA which subsequently serves as a mould to replicate inverse structures in poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) by casting. Lenses with a focal length of 300 µm to 4,000 µm have been realized in a PDMS replicate from the PMMA, however, this method is not limited to these materials if the soft embossing technology is applied where an elastomer such as PDMS serves as the mould.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5591, Lab-on-a-Chip: Platforms, Devices, and Applications, (8 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.578210
Show Author Affiliations
Oliver Geschke, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Martin F. Jensen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Danish Technological Institute (Denmark)
Gerardo Perozziello, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Frederik Bundgaard, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Christian B. Nielsen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Leif Højslet Christensen, Danish Technological Institute (Denmark)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5591:
Lab-on-a-Chip: Platforms, Devices, and Applications
Linda A. Smith; Daniel Sobek, Editor(s)

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