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Title: Microstereolithography implemented via visible light digital holography
Author: Talukdar, Sumanta.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3496 798X
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2004
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The amalgamation of the technologies of Microfabrication and Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing is a field that has witnessed a surge of research activity in recent years. This thesis demonstrates the development of a novel microfabrication system characterised by the use of Computer Generated Holograms (CGHs) as part of a StereoLithographic rapid prototyping system in cohesion with applied microfabrication techniques. CGHs are reconstructed using a laser diode operating at a visible wavelength (407nm) and subsequently implemented in the fabrication of a microstructure. The hologram encoding method utilized two-pixel macropixels implemented on a smectic, analogue ferroelectric liquid crystal (AFLC) spatial light modulator (SLM). This, in conjunction with the bipolar nature of the modulating device, allows for full complex optical modulation. A commercial photopolymer is chosen as the target material. The underlying chemical processes comprising its photochemical behaviour in its native state, as well as in the presence of sensitizers or visible light photoinitiators, are described and the suitability of each to the StereoLithographic processes evaluated. Experimental determination of the effect of such holograms on the target material is undertaken, which include nondegenerate four wave mixing to investigate optical characteristics and cure depth measurement techniques to evaluate photochemical response. The beneficial effects of using a visible light source with respect to the final physical properties of the component are determined. Final product microstructures displaying a variety of topologies are experimentally realised, accompanied by descriptions of their respective fabrication techniques and formulation requirements
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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