This paper presents the results of studies of the process of forming microstructures in UV-hardenable monomeric composites. The main effects that determine the parameters of the resulting structures are investigated: the self-focusing of light in a material with a positive sign of the refractive-index change during photopolymerization, shrinkage during photopolymerization, and the photoradical-diffusion rate. The conditions are determined for obtaining microstructures with a format ratio up to 1:50.
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I. Yu. Denisyuk, Yu. É. Burunkova, M. I. Fokina, N. D. Vorzobova, and V. G. Bulgakova, "The formation of microstructures as a result of the self-focusing of light in a photopolymer nanocomposite," J. Opt. Technol. 75, 658-663 (2008)