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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: 21–26

Birefringent microstructures fabricated by two-photon polymerization containing an azopolymer

Vinicius Tribuzi, Ruben Dario Fonseca, Daniel Souza Correa, and Cleber Renato Mendonça  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 21-26 (2013)

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Birefringent materials have many applications in optical devices. An approach to obtain optically induced birefringence is to employ a guest-host strategy, using a polymer matrix containing an azodye. However, such method normally leads to low residual birefringence. Therefore, methodologies to produce microstructures with optimized birefringence are still on demand. Here we report on the fabrication, using two-photon polymerization, and characterization of birefringent microstructures produced in a polymer blend containing an azopolymer. Such microstructures present good structural integrity and residual birefringence of approximately 35 percent, depending on the sample formulation used, which indicates this approach for the fabrication of microoptical devices.

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OCIS Codes
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Laser Materials Processing

Original Manuscript: September 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2012
Published: December 5, 2012

Vinicius Tribuzi, Ruben Dario Fonseca, Daniel Souza Correa, and Cleber Renato Mendonça, "Birefringent microstructures fabricated by two-photon polymerization containing an azopolymer," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 21-26 (2013)

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