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Liquid crystal based active optics
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Paper Abstract

Liquid crystal spatial light modulators, lenses, and bandpass filters are becoming increasingly capable as material and electronics development continues to improve device performance and reduce fabrication costs. These devices are being utilized in a number of imaging applications in order to improve the performance and flexibility of the system while simultaneously reducing the size and weight compared to a conventional lens. We will present recent progress at Sandia National Laboratories in developing foveated imaging, active optical (aka nonmechanical) zoom, and enhanced multi-spectral imaging systems using liquid crystal devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6289, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX, 628908 (5 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.694891
Show Author Affiliations
Brett E. Bagwell, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
David V. Wick, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Robert Batchko, Holochip (United States)
Justin D. Mansell, MZA Associates Corp. (United States)
Ty Martinez, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Sergio R. Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Don M. Payne, Narrascape (United States)
Jamie Harriman, Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. (United States)
Steve Serati, Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. (United States)
Gary Sharp, Colorlink (United States)
Jim Schwiegerling, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6289:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX
José M. Sasian; Mary G. Turner, Editor(s)

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