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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2014
  • pp: 1802–1807

Rapid fabrication of on-demand high-resolution optical masks with a CD–DVD pickup unit

Lucia Cabriales, Mathieu Hautefeuille, Gerardo Fernández, Victor Velázquez, Marcela Grether, and Enrique López-Moreno  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 9, pp. 1802-1807 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.001802


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Abstract

A low-cost, direct fabrication technique with a micrometer range resolution has been implemented for rapid prototyping of optical masks for photolithography and structured light and diffraction optics applications. Using a setup based on the optical unit of a compact disc–digital versatile disc burner, a low-energy infrared laser beam was focused on a thin polymeric layer with embedded absorbing carbon nanopowder coated on a transparent glass substrate. This allowed for the generation of a custom-made transparent pattern in a computer numerical control fashion. In addition to its great simplicity and repeatability, the method also enables grayscale contrasts for each pixel individually, and fabricated masks proved to resist high intensities.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: November 12, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2014
Published: March 18, 2014

Citation
Lucia Cabriales, Mathieu Hautefeuille, Gerardo Fernández, Victor Velázquez, Marcela Grether, and Enrique López-Moreno, "Rapid fabrication of on-demand high-resolution optical masks with a CD–DVD pickup unit," Appl. Opt. 53, 1802-1807 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-53-9-1802

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