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The experimental characterization of the absorption and scatter properties of photopolymers

Publication date 2012
B-Phot Authors Wendy Meulebroeck, Hugo Thienpont
DOI 10.1117/12.921807
Citation
W. Meulebroeck, Y. Meuret, S. Heyvaert, and H. Thienpont, “The experimental characterization of the absorption and scatter properties of photopolymers,” presented at the Proc. SPIE, Photonics Europe 2012, 2012, vol. 8439, p. 84391Z.
Abstract In this paper we studied the photosensitivity and scatter properties of several types of photopolymers that are used in the printing industry. We applied different measurement methodologies to experimentally characterize both the absorption and scatter properties of the photopolymers. In a first part we measured the absorption spectra of different unexposed photopolymers in the range between 350 and 1600 nm. From these spectra we calculated the absorbance coefficients. After this, we repeated this procedure for the cured material which we obtained by illuminating the photopolymers with a laser source. We investigated the absorption properties for different illumination times in the range between 0 and 2000 ms. From these measurements we could calculate for the different materials the difference in absorbance between the cured and the non-cured material. Depending on the material the absorbance of the non-cured material was a factor 20 to 60 higher compared to the absorbance of the cured material. These results were used as input for the optical model.
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