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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Jun. 12, 2006
  • pp: 5803–5811

Structuring by multi-beam interference using symmetric pyramids

Ming Lei, Baoli Yao, and Romano A. Rupp  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 5803-5811 (2006)

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A method for producing optical structures using rotationally symmetric pyramids is proposed. Two-dimensional structures can be achieved using acute prisms. They form by multi-beam interference of plane waves that impinge from directions distributed symmetrically around the axis of rotational symmetry. Flat-topped pyramids provide an additional beam along the axis thus generating three-dimensional structures. Experimental results are consistent with the results of numerical simulations. The advantages of the method are simplicity of operation, low cost, ease of integration, good stability, and high transmittance. Possible applications are the fabrication of photonic micro-structures such as photonic crystals or array waveguides as well as multi-beam optical tweezers.

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OCIS Codes
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

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Original Manuscript: March 9, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2006
Published: June 12, 2006

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Ming Lei, Baoli Yao, and Romano A. Rupp, "Structuring by multi-beam interference using symmetric pyramids," Opt. Express 14, 5803-5811 (2006)

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