The capability to optically control surface structuration of azopolymerfilms is an important goal in different researchfields, enabling remote activation and tuning of associated processes mediated by the surface. In this work, two amorphousazopolymers, structurally engineered in order to exhibit linear and circular photoinduced optical anisotropies, have been investigated,with the aim to design complex light-reconfigurable topographical structures. Different intensity and polarization patterns weregenerated by two- or four-beams interferometry and inscribed on the polymerfilms. Relief depths in the range of hundreds ofnanometers have been produced, mediated by the bulk photoinduced anisotropies of the materials. It is shown that, on the basis ofthe kind of light patterns (intensity and/or polarization), depth and shape of the relief grating can be tuned. Polymers with higherphotoinduced birefringences enable one to produce deeper reliefs. Bidimensional light polarization patterns generate complexsurface structures, even with chiral features, envisaging the possibility to engineer large area opto-controllable surfaces and platforms.

Influence of Photoanisotropies on Light-Controllable Structuration of Azopolymer Surface

Audia, Biagio;Pagliusi, Pasquale
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Provenzano, Clementina;Cipparrone, Gabriella
2020

Abstract

The capability to optically control surface structuration of azopolymerfilms is an important goal in different researchfields, enabling remote activation and tuning of associated processes mediated by the surface. In this work, two amorphousazopolymers, structurally engineered in order to exhibit linear and circular photoinduced optical anisotropies, have been investigated,with the aim to design complex light-reconfigurable topographical structures. Different intensity and polarization patterns weregenerated by two- or four-beams interferometry and inscribed on the polymerfilms. Relief depths in the range of hundreds ofnanometers have been produced, mediated by the bulk photoinduced anisotropies of the materials. It is shown that, on the basis ofthe kind of light patterns (intensity and/or polarization), depth and shape of the relief grating can be tuned. Polymers with higherphotoinduced birefringences enable one to produce deeper reliefs. Bidimensional light polarization patterns generate complexsurface structures, even with chiral features, envisaging the possibility to engineer large area opto-controllable surfaces and platforms.
surface relief gratings, azopolymers, polarization light patterns, photoinduced birefringence, holographic recording,optical gradient force
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