Abstract

Surface-relief transmissive diffractive elements were fabricated by embossing. The master was made by lithography with a self-developing photopolymer. The highly cross-linked structure exhibited by the polymer has made possible the direct replication by thermal embossing of polyethylene substrates. Fabricated elements are meant to work with mid-infrared radiation. The influence of some process variables, related to the performance of the diffractive elements, is analyzed.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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1989

G. J. Swanson, W. B. Veldkamp, “Diffractive optical elements for use in infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 28, 605–608 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1982

1970

J. W. Goodman, A. M. Silvestri, “Some effects of Fourier-domain phase quantization,” IBM J. Res. Dev. 14, 478–484 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Ambrosini, D.

G. S. Spagnolo, D. Ambrosini, “Diffractive optical element-based profilometer for surface inspection,” Opt. Eng. 40, 44–52 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Asundi, A.

B. Zhao, A. Asundi, “Strain microscope with grating diffraction method,” Opt. Eng. 38, 170–174 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Auslender, M.

D. Gani, M. Auslender, S. Hava, “Variable gratings for optical switching: rigorous electromagnetic simulation and design,” Opt. Eng. 38, 552–557 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Bradburn, G.

G. Bradburn, “Design and manufacture of high quality plastic infrared fresnel lenses,” in Infrared Technology and Applications, L. R. Baker, A. Masson, eds., Proc. SPIE590, 87–92 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Calixto, S.

M. Ornelas-Rodriguez, S. Calixto, “Direct laser writing of mid-infrared microelements on polyethylene material,” Opt. Eng. 40, 921–925 (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. Calixto, M. Ornelas-Rodriguez, “Mid-infrared microlenses fabricated by the melting method,” Opt. Lett. 24, 1212–1214 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Cox, J. A.

T. Werner, J. A. Cox, S. Swanson, M. Holz, “Microlens array for staring infrared imager,” in Miniature and Micro-Optics: Fabrication and System Applications, C. Roychoudhuri, W. B. Veldkamp, eds., Proc. SPIE1544, 46–57 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Croutxé-Barghorn, C.

C. Croutxé-Barghorn, D. J. Lougnot, “Interdependence of volume shrinkage, spatial frequency and mass transfer in relief gratings fabricated with self-processing photopolymers,” in Photopolymer Device Physics, Chemistry and Applications IV, R. A. Lessard, ed., Proc. SPIE3417, 208–215 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Davidson, N.

Erismann, F.

F. Erismann, “Design of a plastic aspheric Fresnel lens with a spherical shape,” Opt. Eng. 36, 988–991 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Fienup, J. R.

Friesem, A. A.

Gani, D.

D. Gani, M. Auslender, S. Hava, “Variable gratings for optical switching: rigorous electromagnetic simulation and design,” Opt. Eng. 38, 552–557 (1999).
[CrossRef]

George, N.

Goodman, J. W.

J. W. Goodman, A. M. Silvestri, “Some effects of Fourier-domain phase quantization,” IBM J. Res. Dev. 14, 478–484 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Hasman, E.

Hava, S.

D. Gani, M. Auslender, S. Hava, “Variable gratings for optical switching: rigorous electromagnetic simulation and design,” Opt. Eng. 38, 552–557 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Holz, M.

T. Werner, J. A. Cox, S. Swanson, M. Holz, “Microlens array for staring infrared imager,” in Miniature and Micro-Optics: Fabrication and System Applications, C. Roychoudhuri, W. B. Veldkamp, eds., Proc. SPIE1544, 46–57 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Hutley, M. C.

M. C. Hutley, R. F. Stevens, S. J. Wilson, “Manufacture of blazed zone plates in germanium for use in the 10-µm spectral region,” Opt. Eng. 30, 1005–1010 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Kim, S.

H. Lee, S. Kim, “Precision profile measurement of aspheric surfaces by improved Ronchi test,” Opt. Eng. 38, 1041–1047 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Lee, H.

H. Lee, S. Kim, “Precision profile measurement of aspheric surfaces by improved Ronchi test,” Opt. Eng. 38, 1041–1047 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Leroy-Garel, C.

D. J. Lougnot, C. Turck, C. Leroy-Garel, “New holographic recording materials based on dual-cure photopolymer systems,” in Photopolymer Device Physics, Chemistry and Applications IV, R. A. Lessard, ed., Proc. SPIE3417, 165–171 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Lougnot, D. J.

D. J. Lougnot, C. Turck, C. Leroy-Garel, “New holographic recording materials based on dual-cure photopolymer systems,” in Photopolymer Device Physics, Chemistry and Applications IV, R. A. Lessard, ed., Proc. SPIE3417, 165–171 (1998).
[CrossRef]

C. Croutxé-Barghorn, D. J. Lougnot, “Interdependence of volume shrinkage, spatial frequency and mass transfer in relief gratings fabricated with self-processing photopolymers,” in Photopolymer Device Physics, Chemistry and Applications IV, R. A. Lessard, ed., Proc. SPIE3417, 208–215 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ornelas-Rodriguez, M.

M. Ornelas-Rodriguez, S. Calixto, “Direct laser writing of mid-infrared microelements on polyethylene material,” Opt. Eng. 40, 921–925 (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. Calixto, M. Ornelas-Rodriguez, “Mid-infrared microlenses fabricated by the melting method,” Opt. Lett. 24, 1212–1214 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Schertler, D. J.

Schilling, A.

R. Staub, W. R. Tompkin, A. Schilling, “Gratings of constantly varying depth for visual security devices,” Opt. Eng. 38, 89–98 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Silvestri, A. M.

J. W. Goodman, A. M. Silvestri, “Some effects of Fourier-domain phase quantization,” IBM J. Res. Dev. 14, 478–484 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Spagnolo, G. S.

G. S. Spagnolo, D. Ambrosini, “Diffractive optical element-based profilometer for surface inspection,” Opt. Eng. 40, 44–52 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Staub, R.

R. Staub, W. R. Tompkin, A. Schilling, “Gratings of constantly varying depth for visual security devices,” Opt. Eng. 38, 89–98 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Stevens, R. F.

M. C. Hutley, R. F. Stevens, S. J. Wilson, “Manufacture of blazed zone plates in germanium for use in the 10-µm spectral region,” Opt. Eng. 30, 1005–1010 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Swanson, G. J.

G. J. Swanson, W. B. Veldkamp, “Diffractive optical elements for use in infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 28, 605–608 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Swanson, S.

T. Werner, J. A. Cox, S. Swanson, M. Holz, “Microlens array for staring infrared imager,” in Miniature and Micro-Optics: Fabrication and System Applications, C. Roychoudhuri, W. B. Veldkamp, eds., Proc. SPIE1544, 46–57 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Tompkin, W. R.

R. Staub, W. R. Tompkin, A. Schilling, “Gratings of constantly varying depth for visual security devices,” Opt. Eng. 38, 89–98 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Turck, C.

D. J. Lougnot, C. Turck, C. Leroy-Garel, “New holographic recording materials based on dual-cure photopolymer systems,” in Photopolymer Device Physics, Chemistry and Applications IV, R. A. Lessard, ed., Proc. SPIE3417, 165–171 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Veldkamp, W. B.

G. J. Swanson, W. B. Veldkamp, “Diffractive optical elements for use in infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 28, 605–608 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Werner, T.

T. Werner, J. A. Cox, S. Swanson, M. Holz, “Microlens array for staring infrared imager,” in Miniature and Micro-Optics: Fabrication and System Applications, C. Roychoudhuri, W. B. Veldkamp, eds., Proc. SPIE1544, 46–57 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Wilson, S. J.

M. C. Hutley, R. F. Stevens, S. J. Wilson, “Manufacture of blazed zone plates in germanium for use in the 10-µm spectral region,” Opt. Eng. 30, 1005–1010 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Wyrowski, F.

Zhao, B.

B. Zhao, A. Asundi, “Strain microscope with grating diffraction method,” Opt. Eng. 38, 170–174 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt.

IBM J. Res. Dev.

J. W. Goodman, A. M. Silvestri, “Some effects of Fourier-domain phase quantization,” IBM J. Res. Dev. 14, 478–484 (1970).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

Opt. Eng.

F. Erismann, “Design of a plastic aspheric Fresnel lens with a spherical shape,” Opt. Eng. 36, 988–991 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. Ornelas-Rodriguez, S. Calixto, “Direct laser writing of mid-infrared microelements on polyethylene material,” Opt. Eng. 40, 921–925 (2001).
[CrossRef]

R. Staub, W. R. Tompkin, A. Schilling, “Gratings of constantly varying depth for visual security devices,” Opt. Eng. 38, 89–98 (1999).
[CrossRef]

B. Zhao, A. Asundi, “Strain microscope with grating diffraction method,” Opt. Eng. 38, 170–174 (1999).
[CrossRef]

G. S. Spagnolo, D. Ambrosini, “Diffractive optical element-based profilometer for surface inspection,” Opt. Eng. 40, 44–52 (2001).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Swanson, W. B. Veldkamp, “Diffractive optical elements for use in infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 28, 605–608 (1989).
[CrossRef]

D. Gani, M. Auslender, S. Hava, “Variable gratings for optical switching: rigorous electromagnetic simulation and design,” Opt. Eng. 38, 552–557 (1999).
[CrossRef]

H. Lee, S. Kim, “Precision profile measurement of aspheric surfaces by improved Ronchi test,” Opt. Eng. 38, 1041–1047 (1999).
[CrossRef]

M. C. Hutley, R. F. Stevens, S. J. Wilson, “Manufacture of blazed zone plates in germanium for use in the 10-µm spectral region,” Opt. Eng. 30, 1005–1010 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

C. Croutxé-Barghorn, D. J. Lougnot, “Interdependence of volume shrinkage, spatial frequency and mass transfer in relief gratings fabricated with self-processing photopolymers,” in Photopolymer Device Physics, Chemistry and Applications IV, R. A. Lessard, ed., Proc. SPIE3417, 208–215 (1998).
[CrossRef]

D. J. Lougnot, C. Turck, C. Leroy-Garel, “New holographic recording materials based on dual-cure photopolymer systems,” in Photopolymer Device Physics, Chemistry and Applications IV, R. A. Lessard, ed., Proc. SPIE3417, 165–171 (1998).
[CrossRef]

G. Bradburn, “Design and manufacture of high quality plastic infrared fresnel lenses,” in Infrared Technology and Applications, L. R. Baker, A. Masson, eds., Proc. SPIE590, 87–92 (1985).
[CrossRef]

T. Werner, J. A. Cox, S. Swanson, M. Holz, “Microlens array for staring infrared imager,” in Miniature and Micro-Optics: Fabrication and System Applications, C. Roychoudhuri, W. B. Veldkamp, eds., Proc. SPIE1544, 46–57 (1991).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (11)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Diffraction pattern desired to be generated in the far field by the hologram, (b) binary phase transmission function of the DOE, (c) normalized intensity distribution reconstructed by computer simulation.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Binary phase transmission function of a CGH that generates in the far field the image of a square object of (a) 32 × 32 pixels and (b) 64 × 64 pixels. In (a) the spatial frequency to be recorded is lower than in (b).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Transmittance and absorbance as a function of UV wavelengths for a 50-µm-thick photopolymer layer used in master fabrication.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Transmittance as a function of IR wavelengths for 0.4-mm-thick PE plates.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Schematic diagram for master fabrication.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

SEM photograph of part of a diffraction grating produced by thermal embossing.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

SEM view of a section of a binary CGH fabricated on PE.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

Surface modulation as a function of spatial frequency for (a) 20- and (b) 50-µm-thick photopolymer layers.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

Diffraction efficiency as a function of surface modulation for IR gratings produced by thermal embossing.

Fig. 10
Fig. 10

IR diffracted orders given by a fabricated grating as seen with a pyroelectric camera.

Fig. 11
Fig. 11

IR diffraction pattern given by a CGH in the far field. The pattern was recorded with a pyroelectric camera.

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