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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1348–1350

Three-dimensional microfabrication by two-photon-initiated polymerization with a low-cost microlaser

Irène Wang, Michel Bouriau, Patrice L. Baldeck, Cecile Martineau, and Chantal Andraud  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 15, pp. 1348-1350 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.001348


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Abstract

Fabrication of submicrometer structures by two-photon-initiated polymerization is performed with an inexpensive and low-power microlaser. This is made possible by the design of photoinitiators with strong two-photon absorption cross sections. We analyze the influence of both material properties and irradiation conditions on the two-photon polymerization rate and show that resins based on our highly sensitive two-photon photoinitiator can be solidified with microlaser excitation, whereas commercial UV photoresins require ultrashort and intense laser pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

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Irène Wang, Michel Bouriau, Patrice L. Baldeck, Cecile Martineau, and Chantal Andraud, "Three-dimensional microfabrication by two-photon-initiated polymerization with a low-cost microlaser," Opt. Lett. 27, 1348-1350 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-15-1348


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