CONCEPT PAPER | doi:10.20944/preprints202111.0136.v1
Subject: Physical Sciences, Optics Keywords: laser 3D nanolithography; micro-optics; astrophotonics; 3D printing; additive manufacturing; SZ2080TM; hybrid materials; inorganics; imaging; high temperature.
Online: 8 November 2021 (13:04:13 CET)
A pilot study on laser 3D printing of inorganic free-form micro-optics is experimentally validated. Ultrafast laser nanolithography is employed for structuring hybrid organic-inorganic material SZ2080TM followed by high-temperature calcination post-processing. The combination allows production of 3D architectures and the heat-treatment results in converting the material to inorganic substance. The produced miniature optical elements are characterized and their optical performance demonstrated. Finally, the concept is validated for manufacturing compound optical components such as stacked lenses. This is opening for new directions and applications of laser made microoptics under harsh conditions such as high intensity radiation, temperature, acidic environment, pressure variations, which include open space, astrophotonics, and remote sensing.