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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 14, 2013
  • pp: 1066–1075

All-nanoparticle concave diffraction grating fabricated by self-assembly onto magnetically-recorded templates

L. Ye, B. Terry, O. T. Mefford, C. Rinaldi, and T. M. Crawford  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 1066-1075 (2013)

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Using the enormous magnetic field gradients present near the surface of magnetic recording media, we assemble diffraction gratings with lines consisting entirely of self-assembled magnetic nanoparticles that are transferred to flexible polymer thin films. These nanomanufactured gratings have line spacings programmed with commercial magnetic recording and are inherently concave with radii of curvature controlled by varying the polymer film thickness. This manufacturing approach offers a low-cost alternative for realizing concave gratings and more complex optical materials assembled with single-nanometer precision.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: October 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 2012
Published: January 10, 2013

L. Ye, B. Terry, O. T. Mefford, C. Rinaldi, and T. M. Crawford, "All-nanoparticle concave diffraction grating fabricated by self-assembly onto magnetically-recorded templates," Opt. Express 21, 1066-1075 (2013)

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