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Electrically-tunable liquid crystal lenses and applications
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the electrically-tunable liquid crystal (LC) lenses and the applications are reviewed. We introduce the basic mechanism of LC phase modulation first. LC lenses are categorized based on different operating principles: 1) Gradient Index (GRIN) LC lenses with a homogeneous cell gap, 2) non-GRIN LC lenses with an inhomogeneous cell gap, 3) diffractive LC lenses, and 4) LC lenses controlled by polarizations. To remove the polarization independency, we also summarize polarization independent LC phase modulations. Many promising applications based on LC lenses are also summarized, such as imaging system, pico projectors, optical zoom systems, ophthalmic applications, and solar systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8642, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VIII, 86420C (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005580
Show Author Affiliations
Yi-Hsin Lin, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)
Hung-Shan Chen, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)
Ming-Syuan Chen, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8642:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VIII
Liang-Chy Chien; Dick J. Broer; Vladimir Chigrinov; Tae-Hoon Yoon, Editor(s)

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