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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: 9419–9425

Adaptive aberration compensation for three-dimensional micro-fabrication of photonic crystals in lithium niobate

Benjamin P. Cumming, Alexander Jesacher, Martin J. Booth, Tony Wilson, and Min Gu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 9419-9425 (2011)

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We present the use of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator to correct for the refractive-index mismatch induced spherical aberration in a high refractive-index lithium niobate crystal when a low repetition rate amplified laser is used for the direct fabrication of three-dimensional micro-structures. By correcting the aberration based on experimentally determined values, we show that the size of written structures decreases dramatically, which allows the fabrication of high quality micro-structures such as three-dimensional photonic crystals. We demonstrate that, through the use of adaptive optics, the fabrication depth and the stopgap strength in the corresponding photonic crystals are increased by a factor of two to three.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Laser Microfabrication

Original Manuscript: April 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2011
Published: April 28, 2011

Benjamin P. Cumming, Alexander Jesacher, Martin J. Booth, Tony Wilson, and Min Gu, "Adaptive aberration compensation for three-dimensional micro-fabrication of photonic crystals in lithium niobate," Opt. Express 19, 9419-9425 (2011)

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