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Optical Engineering

Near-diffraction-limited tunable liquid crystal lens with simplified design
Author(s): Liwei Li; Doug Bryant; Tony Van Heugten; Dwight Duston; Philip J. Bos
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Paper Abstract

A high-efficiency tunable refractive lens based on liquid crystals with concentric electrode rings and a simple unique design of a resistor network is reported, and used to assess the performance of an optimized electrically tunable lens. It has a large number of phase control points to be able to accurately control the phase profile and produce high efficiency. The lens design uses resistors between neighboring electrodes to minimize external connections. The lens optical path difference is measured as a near perfect parabolic shape and the Strehl ratio of about 80% is obtained (comparing to a high-quality glass lens). Image evaluations show a good image quality with diffraction limited resolution, but the contrast is lowered by a large-area haze. The lens design also shows a good switching speed, and adjustable power, allowing it to be used in many applications. An example lens with a diameter of 2.4 mm and a 5 diopter tunable range is used in the evaluations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(3) 035007 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.3.035007
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Liwei Li, Kent State Univ. (United States)
Doug Bryant, Kent State Univ. (United States)
Tony Van Heugten, eVision, LLC (United States)
Dwight Duston, eVision, LLC (United States)
Philip J. Bos, Kent State Univ. (United States)

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