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Rapid replication and facile modulation of subwavelength antireflective polymer film using injection nanomolding and optical property of multilayer coatings

Yiin-Kuen Fuh1*, Cheng-Chang Peng2 and Chieh-Tse Huang3

Author affiliations

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli 32001, Taiwan

2 Graduate Institute of Energy Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli 32001, Taiwan

3 Institute of Opto-mechatronics Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli 32001, Taiwan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:407  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-407

Published: 2 October 2013

Abstract

A rapid, cost-effective and high-throughput process for nanotexturing subwavelength structures with high uniformity using the polycarbonate (PC) is realized via injection nanomolding. The process enables the precise control of nanohole array (NHA) surface topography (nanohole depth, diameter, and periodicity) over large areas thereby presenting a highly versatile platform for fabricating substrates with user-defined, functional performance. Specifically, the optical property of the PC substrates were systematically characterized and tuned through the modulation of the depths of NHA. The aspect ratio submicron holes can be easily modulated and experimentally proven by simply adjusting the molding temperature. The nanotextured depths were reliably fabricated in the range of 200 to 400 nm with a period of approximately 700 nm. The fabricated PC films can reduce the reflectivity from an original bare film of 10.2% and 8.9% to 1.4% and 2.1% with 400-nm depth of nanoholes at the wavelength of 400 and 550 nm, respectively. Compared with conventional moth-like nanostructures with nanopillar arrays with heights adjustable only by an etching process, this paper proposes a facile route with submicron holes to achieve a similar antireflective function, with a significantly reduced time and facile height modulation capability. Furthermore, the effects of multilayer coatings of dielectric and metallic layers on the nanomolded NHA have been performed and potential sensing application is explored.

Keywords:
Subwavelength; Polycarbonate (PC); Injection nanomolding; Nanohole array (NHA); Reflectivity