, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 21-26
Date: 03 Oct 2010

Laser forward transfer based on a spatial light modulator

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We report the first demonstration of laser forward transfer using a real-time reconfigurable mask based on a spatial light modulator. The ability to dynamically change the projected beam shape and size of a coherent light source, in this case a 355-nm pulsed UV laser, represents a significant technological advancement in laser direct-write processing. The application of laser transfer techniques with adaptive control of the laser beam pattern is unique and represents a paradigm shift in non-lithographic processing. This work describes how the size and shape of an incident laser beam can be dynamically controlled in real time with the use of a digital micromirror device (DMD), resulting in laser-printed functional nanomaterials with geometries identical to those of the projected beam. For applications requiring additive non-lithographic techniques, this novel combination, which relies on the laser forward transfer of variable, structured voxels, represents a dramatic improvement in the capabilities and throughput of laser direct-write processes.