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Optical Engineering

Adaptive optical zoom
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Paper Abstract

In order to optically vary the magnification of an imaging system, continuous mechanical zoom lenses require multiple optical elements and use fine mechanical motion to precisely adjust the separations between individual or groups of lenses. By incorporating active elements, such as liquid crystal spatial light modulators or deformable mirrors, into the optical design, we can eliminate the need to change the spacing between lenses and create an imaging system with variable optical magnification that has no macroscopic moving parts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2004
PDF: 2 pages
Opt. Eng. 43(1) doi: 10.1117/1.1633570
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 43, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
David V. Wick, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Ty Martinez, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

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