Wednesday, May 1, 2013

1304.7874 (Ran Li et al.)

Generation of Diffraction-Free Optical Beams Using Wrinkled Membranes    [PDF]

Ran Li, Hui Yi, Xiao Hu, Leng Chen, Guangsha Shi, Weimin Wang, Tian Yang
We report the first demonstration of wrinkled membranes as a kind of optical focusing devices, which are low cost, light weight and flexible. Our device consists of concentric wrinkle rings on a gold-PDMS bilayer membrane, which converts collimated illuminations to diffraction-free focused beams. Beam diameters of 300-400 {\mu}m have been observed in the visible range. By comparing the theoretically calculated and experimentally measured focal spot profiles, we predict a focal spot size as small as around 50 {\mu}m if fabrication eccentricity can be eliminated.
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