Polyvinylidene fluoride - Piezoelectric polymer for integrated infrared optics applications

Edward Bormashenko, Roman Pogreb, Yehoshua Socol, Mordechai Hakham Itzhaq, Vladimir Streltsov, Semion Sutovski, Avigdor Sheshnev, Yelena Bormashenko

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The suitability of polyvinylidene fluoride films for IR integrated optics applications was demonstrated. Polyvinylidene fluoride is a piezoelectric polymer, which demonstrates high transparency in the middle-IR and has several transparent windows in the far-IR. The fabrication of cylindrical microlenses and microlens arrays by CO2 laser irradiation of polyvinylidene fluoride substrates has been demonstrated. Pseudo-spherical microlenses were also fabricated by direct laser writing. Strong piezoelectric properties, high chemical resistance, stability to UV radiation and high continuous-use temperature make PVDF suitable for various IR integrated optics applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-434
Number of pages6
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2004


  • Co laser
  • Direct writing
  • Infrared
  • Integrated optics
  • Microlens arrays
  • Piezoelectric
  • Polyvinylidene fluoride


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