Optical patterning of photopolymerisable materials

Kevin Trainer, Drexel University
Kevin Wearen, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dimana Nazarova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Izabela Naydenova, Dublin Institute of Technology
Vincent Toal, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Conference Paper

T. Trainer, K. Wearen, D. Nazarova, I. Naydenova, V. Toal, Optical patterning of photopolymerisable materials, Conference proceedings of the International commission for Optics Topical meeting on Emerging trends and novel materials in photonics, v.1288, 184-187, 2009.


Holographic recording is an effective approach for photopolymer surface patterning. It has been previously utilised in acrylamide-based photopolymers and a spatial frequency limit of 200 l/mm has been observed. We report the successful inscription of submicrometer resolution patterns. The spatial frequency response has been extended to 1550 l/mm by introduction of thermal post recording treatment. Initial results from the optical patterning utilising a spatial light modulation (SLM) reveal that the amplitude of the photoinduced surface relief structures is larger in comparison to the amplitude obtained by holographic recording.