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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 17 — Aug. 23, 2004
  • pp: 3954–3966

Influence of astigmatism on the fabrication of diffractive structures by use of focused ion-beam milling

Yongqi Fu and Ngoi Kok Ann Bryan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 17, pp. 3954-3966 (2004)

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Astigmatism exists in a focused-ion-beam (FIB) system and causes the shape of a beam spot to change from a normal circle to an ellipse. This variation influences the fabrication of diffractive structures by use of programmable controlled milling of a FIB. It is analyzed combined with the fabrication of blazed gratings and Fresnel diffractive lenses. Fabrication errors caused by a beam spot with astigmatism is discussed in detail for four cases of the long axis of an ellipse (a) in accordance with the X axis, (b) in accordance with the Y axis, (c) at 45° with the X axis, and (d) at -45° with the X axis. Finally, a method is given for correction of the astigmatism and how to determine the circularity of the beam spot qualitatively.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: July 2, 2004
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2004
Published: August 23, 2004

Yongqi Fu and Ngoi Bryan, "Influence of astigmatism on the fabrication of diffractive structures by use of focused ion-beam milling," Opt. Express 12, 3954-3966 (2004)

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