Abstract

We demonstrate the ability to make high resolution arbitrary patterned optical retarders using liquid crystal polymer (LCP). Contact lithography is used to define unique LCP alignment domains. Patterned LCP retarders are imaged between crossed polarizers to determine pattern visibility as a function of feature size. It was determined that patterned retarders for wavelengths between 250nm and 2500nm can be constructed with feature sizes as small as 4μm. We also showed that multiple patterns can be created on the same substrate using a combination of patterned LCP and opaque features. Our process has applications in displays, double-patterning lithography, and imaging polarimetry.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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