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Single-step polarization holographic method for programmable microlens arrays

Ulises Ruiz, Clementina Provenzano, Pasquale Pagliusi, and Gabriella Cipparrone  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 23, pp. 4958-4960 (2012)

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Optical microsystems have become important tools for imaging, optofluidics, and sensor applications. Here we show a versatile method to create microlens arrays (MAs) exploiting spatial-light-modulator-assisted polarization holography, which enables an efficiency of diffraction up to 100%. We demonstrate the large flexibility of the proposed approach by codifying mixed MAs, i.e., composed of spherical and cylindrical lenses with different focal lengths, either positive or negative. Reconfigurable MAs with 70% total diffraction efficiency have been recorded on a photosensitive polymer that exhibits linear photoinduced birefringence with long time stability as well as optical and thermal reversibility. The good quality of the MA has been shown by a digital holographic test.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(110.2760) Imaging systems : Gradient-index lenses
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

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Original Manuscript: October 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 7, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 8, 2012
Published: November 28, 2012

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Vol. 8, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ulises Ruiz, Clementina Provenzano, Pasquale Pagliusi, and Gabriella Cipparrone, "Single-step polarization holographic method for programmable microlens arrays," Opt. Lett. 37, 4958-4960 (2012)

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