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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 3349–3355

Direct rapid-prototyping fabrication of computer-generated volume holograms in the millimeter-wave and terahertz regime

Wei-Ren Ng, Dathon R. Golish, Hao Xin, and Michael E. Gehm  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 3349-3355 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.003349


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Abstract

Computer-generated volume holograms (CGVHs) are gradient refractive index (GRIN) devices that consist of a superposition of multiple periodic diffraction gratings. Fabrication of these components for the visible range is difficult due to the small length-scale requirements but is more tenable in the terahertz (THz), as the length scales become more practical (≥ 10−5 m). We successfully utilized polymer-based 3D additive rapid-prototyping technology to fabricate, to our knowledge, the world’s first 3D THz CGVH in approximately 50 minutes, using $12 of consumables. This demonstration suggests that this technique could be extended to fabricate THz volumetric optics with arbitrary electromagnetic profiles.

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OCIS Codes
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(050.6875) Diffraction and gratings : Three-dimensional fabrication

ToC Category:
Laser Microfabrication

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2014
Published: February 5, 2014

Citation
Wei-Ren Ng, Dathon R. Golish, Hao Xin, and Michael E. Gehm, "Direct rapid-prototyping fabrication of computer-generated volume holograms in the millimeter-wave and terahertz regime," Opt. Express 22, 3349-3355 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-3-3349


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