We have designed and tested subwavelength diffractive optical elements consisting of surface-relief gratings made by microcontact printing of self-assembled monolayers. The first device is a beam deflector for 1.55-μm operation consisting of a surface-relief grating made up of eight pillars over one period (9.3 μm) of the grating. The widths of the pillars vary to approximate a linear phase profile within each grating period. The second device is a quarter-wave plate for 632.8-nm operation consisting of a subwavelength surface-relief grating with a 300-nm period and 58% duty cycle.
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(050.1380) Diffraction and gratings : Binary optics
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
Ali G. Lopez and Harold G. Craighead, "Subwavelength Surface-Relief Gratings Fabricated by Microcontact Printing of Self-Assembled Monolayers," Appl. Opt. 40, 2068-2075 (2001)