Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 8 (2013)

Fabrication of adhesive lenses using free surface shaping

D. Hoheisel, C. Kelb, M. Wall, B. Roth, L. Rissing


Two approaches for fabricating polymer lenses are presented in this paper. Both are based on filling circular holes with UV curing adhesives. Initially, the viscous adhesive material creates a liquid and spherical free surface due to its own surface tension. This shape is then preserved by curing with UV-hardening light. For the first approach, the holes are generated in a 4 inch Si-wafer by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) and for the second, a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mould is manufactured. Three types of UV-curing adhesives are investigated (NOA 61, NOA 88 and NEA 121 by Norland Products). Preliminary to the determination of the lens curvature, a contact angle goniometer is used for taking side view images of the lenses. The radius of curvature is then extracted via image processing with the software MATLAB®. Furthermore, the surface roughness of the PDMS mould and the generated lenses is measured with a white light interferometer to characterize the casting process. The resolution power of the generated lenses is evaluated by measurement of their point spread functions (psf) and modulation transfer functions (mtf), respectively.

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