About Photonic Crystals
Photonic crystals are artificial structures made in regular patterns, a technology that enables control of light that cannot be achieved with naturally occurring materials. However, because of the need to precisely fabricate very fine structures, few companies have even put this technology to practical use.
We have the technology to create photonic crystals simply by stacking multiple layers of films on a wafer with uneven surfaces.
The size of the unevenness can be freely varied from tens of nm to several micrometers.
We can create precise three-dimensional structures with a simple process of a single patterning and deposition of the films.
For example, in the structure shown on the right figure, anisotropy in the structure causes a difference in optical properties between vertical and horizontal polarization. The direction of anisotropy is determined by the pattern of the wafer.
When the thickness of each layer is controlled, the interference of light in the multilayer film allows it to function as a polarizer, in which one polarization is reflected, or as a waveplate, in which the polarization state is changed.
By changing the pattern of the wafer, polarizers and waveplates with various axial distributions can be freely made. In other words, free polarization distribution can be realized.
This technology is used in polarization imaging sensors, multichannel polarization conversion elements for optical communications, and as special filters for semiconductor wafer inspection.
More recently, we have introduced the concept of geometric phase and are working to realize new functions through phase control. We have realized diffraction gratings that can separate left and right circular polarization and control beam shape.
The control of not only polarization but also phase is developing new applications.
Axial polarization conversion element SWP Series
A waveplate with 12 axial-azimuth regions that can realize axis-oriented polarization simply by inserting it into the optical path. It converts linear polarization into radial (radial) or concentric (azimuthal) polarization. The high transmittance achieves a conversion efficiency of almost 100%. It is effective in optical tweezers, laser processing, etc.
True Zero Order Waveplate/Ultra-Violet Polarizers
Photonic crystal waveplates are reliable and perfect zero-order waveplates with small incident angle dependence.For example, a zero-order half-wave plate made of quartz for a wavelength of 266 nm in the ultraviolet region would be about 11 μm thick, but a photonic crystal is deposited on a quartz plate, making it easy to handle.
Custom Polarizer & Phase Plates
Our products can be customized not only for the optical properties, but also for the shape and the spatial distribution of those properties. In particular, they can be made non-uniformly, having a segmented structure or a curved axis along the surface. Customization of the patterned polarizer/waveplate is welcome.
High-Speed Polarized Interferometer
Unique interference system sustained by our original “CRYSTA Phase Optics”. The product includes software: “CRYSTA phase viewer” for system operation and “CRYSTA Phase Analysis” for advanced analysis of interference fringes. Its high-speed real-time capabilities allow the evaluation of fast-moving dynamic phenomena.
Ultra-precision micro laser processing
Microfabrication technology is becoming increasingly important for next-generation EVs and semiconductor devices. We support the development of this field with our unique beam shaping, polarization control, and high speed temperature imaging technologies.
Full-length, full-width film quality control
With the industry's first full-surface measurement technology for birefringence distribution in optical films, we contribute to the improvement of film quality that leads to the assurance of image quality across the entire display screen.
Birefringence & Stress Strain Measurement
We have improved conventional birefringence measurement from point measurement to 2-D surface measurement. High-speed, high-precision birefringence measurement contributes to quality evaluation and functional improvement of optical materials.