Terahertz to Mid-infrared Dielectric Properties of Polymethacrylates for Stereolithographic Single Layer Assembly
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The fabrication of terahertz (THz) optics with arbitrary shapes via polymethacrylate-based stereolithography is very attractive as it may offer a rapid, low-cost avenue towards optimized THz imaging applications. In order to design such THz optical components appropriately, accurate knowledge of the complex dielectric function of the materials used for stereolithographic fabrication is crucial. In this paper, we report on the complex dielectric functions of several polymethacrylates frequently used for stereolithographic fabrication. Spectroscopic ellipsometry data sets from the THz to mid-infrared spectral range were obtained from isotropically cross-linked polymethacrylate samples. The data sets were analyzed using stratified layer optical model calculations with parameterized model dielectric functions. While the infrared spectral range is dominated by a number of strong absorption features with Gaussian profiles, these materials are found to exhibit only weak absorption in the THz frequency range. In conclusion, we find that thin transmissive THz optics can be efficiently fabricated using polymethacrylate-based stereolithographic fabrication.
KeywordsStereolithography THz Infrared Ellipsometry Polymethacrylates Rapid prototyping
SP, YL, and TH would like to acknowledge the valuable discussions with Susanne Lee and Erin Sharma within the NSF IUCRC for Metamaterials.
The authors are grateful for support from the National Science Foundation (1624572) within the I/UCRC Center for Metamaterials, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (2014-04712), and Department of Physics and Optical Science of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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