Holographic recording of sub-micron period gratings and photonic crystals in the photoresist SU8

F Bain, AE Vasdekis, Graham Alexander Turnbull

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SU8 is a commercial negative photoresist, which is highly transparent in the visible and near-infrared and extremely resistant to many organic solvents. Here we show that sub-micron period diffraction gratings, and 2D photonic crystal structures, can be readily formed holographically over extended areas. By coating the SU8 layer with a suitable gain medium, such structures may be used as feedback and output-coupling gratings for organic waveguide lasers. Thin films of SU8, were initially deposited by spin casting onto glass substrates. These films were then mounted in one arm of a Lloyd's mirror interferometer and exposed with the expanded beam of a HeCd laser, operating at 325 nm. Subsequent baking and developing steps lead to both volume gratings with index contrast of 0.014, and surface gratings with corrugation depths of up to 140 nm. By varying the incidence angle of the HeCd laser beam to the SU8 film we have tuned the microstructure period from 500 nm down to 200 nm. Using multiple exposures, both doubly-periodic diffraction gratings and square-lattice crystal structures have been produced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. SPIE 5931
Subtitle of host publicationNanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices II, 59311B
EditorsE. A. Dobisz, L. A. Eldada
Place of PublicationBellingham WA, USA
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventNanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices II - San Diego, United States
Duration: 31 Jul 200531 Jul 2005


ConferenceNanoengineering: Fabrication, Properties, Optics, and Devices II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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