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Bio-inspired optics
Author(s): Dean A. Scribner; Leonard J. Buckley; Michael P. Satyshur; Randall R. Sands; Guido Zuccarello
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Paper Abstract

Combining bio-inspired optical designs with new materials -- that have a capability to dynamically change index of refraction - may provide new capabilities and increased system performance. This paper discusses recent interest in mimicking some of the adaptive features of biological imaging systems, identifies new optical materials being developed, and discusses some simple applications such as zoom lenses with no moving parts and foveated imaging systems. Mention is also given to the future challenges of developing materials with dynamic refractive indexes and gradients.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5074, Infrared Technology and Applications XXIX, (10 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.501527
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Dean A. Scribner, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Leonard J. Buckley, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
DARPA (United States)
Michael P. Satyshur, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Randall R. Sands, Touchstone Technologies (United States)
Guido Zuccarello, Booz-Allen Hamilton (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5074:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXIX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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