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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2012
  • pp: 710–712

In situ investigation of the shrinkage of photopolymerized micro/nanostructures: the effect of the drying process

Quan Sun, Kosei Ueno, and Hiroaki Misawa  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 4, pp. 710-712 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.000710


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Abstract

We report on experimental study of the shrinkage of photopolymerized micro/nanostructures fabricated by femtosecond direct laser writing in organic-inorganic resists. Blueshift of the stop-band positions of fabricated photonic crystals during the drying process, which follows the development and rinsing stages, indicates that the drying process plays an important role in the formation of the shrinkage. It is further confirmed that the shrinkage almost completely occurs during the drying process by in situ optical monitoring the structures. These findings will help to better understand, control, and even positively utilize the shrinkage in the applications of the photopolymerization-based direct laser writing technique.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(050.6875) Diffraction and gratings : Three-dimensional fabrication

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2012
Published: February 14, 2012

Citation
Quan Sun, Kosei Ueno, and Hiroaki Misawa, "In situ investigation of the shrinkage of photopolymerized micro/nanostructures: the effect of the drying process," Opt. Lett. 37, 710-712 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-4-710


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