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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 2000
  • pp: 4847–4851

Method for fabricating pixelated, multicolor polarizing films

Alethia G. de León, Yvo Dirix, Yannick Staedler, Kirill Feldman, Georg Hähner, Walter R. Caseri, and Paul Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 26, pp. 4847-4851 (2000)

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Pixelated, multicolor polarizing filters—of potential use in full-color displays—were produced by what we believe to be a novel method, i.e., masked evaporation of silver and gold onto glass substrates partially covered with separated sub-micrometer-wide strips of oriented poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE), prepared by friction deposition. The evaporated metal films preferentially nucleated at the glass surface and, consequently, formed parallel arrays in between the PTFE strips. The structures thus produced feature a strong angle-dependent absorption of polarized visible light, allowing for optical switching between red and blue and between green and yellow.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

Original Manuscript: November 4, 1999
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2000
Published: September 10, 2000

Alethia G. de León, Yvo Dirix, Yannick Staedler, Kirill Feldman, Georg Hähner, Walter R. Caseri, and Paul Smith, "Method for fabricating pixelated, multicolor polarizing films," Appl. Opt. 39, 4847-4851 (2000)

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