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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 24735–24740

Micro-fabrication by laser radiation forces: A direct route to reversible free-standing three-dimensional structures

Loukas Athanasekos, Miltiadis Vasileiadis, Christos Mantzaridis, Vagelis C. Karoutsos, Ioannis Koutselas, Stergios Pispas, and Nikolaos A. Vainos  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 24735-24740 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.024735


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Abstract

The origins and first demonstration of structurally stable solids formed by use of radiation forces are presented. By experimentally proving that radiation forces can indeed produce stable solid material forms, a novel method enabling two- and three-dimensional (2d and 3d) microfabrication is introduced: An optical, non-contact single-step physical operation, reversible with respect to materials nature, based on the sole use of radiation forces. The present innovation is elucidated by the formation of polyisoprene and polybutadiene micro-solids, as well as plasmonic and fluorescent hybrids, respectively comprising Au nanoparticles and CdS quantum dots, together with novel concepts of polymeric fiber-drawing by radiation forces.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Laser Microfabrication

History
Original Manuscript: August 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2012
Published: October 15, 2012

Citation
Loukas Athanasekos, Miltiadis Vasileiadis, Christos Mantzaridis, Vagelis C. Karoutsos, Ioannis Koutselas, Stergios Pispas, and Nikolaos A. Vainos, "Micro-fabrication by laser radiation forces: A direct route to reversible free-standing three-dimensional structures," Opt. Express 20, 24735-24740 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-22-24735


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