Fabrication of seamless roller mold for continuous roller imprinting of microlens array films

Yung Chun Lee, Hong Wei Chen, Fei Bin Hsiao

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Abstract

This paper describes an innovative approach for fabricating a seamless roller mold based on cylindrical photolithography, isotropic chemical etching, and electropolishing. Hexagonally arrayed concave microstructures with a near-semispherical profile are directly and seamlessly fabricated on a metal roller. The fabricated roller mold is then used for continuous roller imprinting of microlens array (MLA) on a thin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The fabricated ball-shape microlenses have a footprint diameter of 54 μ m and a sag height of 20.5 μ m and are hexagonally close packed with a filling ratio larger than 91%. This MLA/PET optical film can serve as a brightness enhancement film in flat panel backlighting, and its optical performance is experimentally verified. A 30% increase in the forward on-axis luminance is observed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6119182
Pages (from-to)316-323
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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