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.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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