V. J Cadarso, S. Chosson, K. Sidler, R. D. Hersch and J. Brugger
Light: Science & Applications (2013) 2, e86; doi:10.1038/lsa.2013.42; pp. (1-5) July 2013
A moiré is an interference pattern that appears when two different periodic structures are overlaid. The image created is extremely sensitive to small variations in the original layers and is thus very interesting for anti-counterfeit protection. We present a microfabricated 1D moiré enabling complex high-resolution patterns as a significantly improved security feature that cannot be reproduced using standard printing methods. Furthermore, we demonstrate, theoretically and experimentally, that a microscopic deviation from the original design results in a macroscopic variation in the moiré that is clearly visible to the naked eye. The record resolution achieved in the elements fabricated and the increased design freedom, make these high-resolution moirés excellent candidates for a variety of visually appealing security applications.
Keywords: Optical art, moiré effect, 1D moirés as counterfeit security features
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