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Gradient index polymer optics
Author(s): G. Beadie; E. Fleet; A. Rosenberg; Paul A. Lane; James S. Shirk; A. R. Kamdar; M. Ponting; A. Hiltner; E. Baer
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Paper Abstract

The design, fabrication, and properties of one of a new class of gradient-index lenses are reported. The lens is an f/2.25 GRIN singlet based on a nanolayered polymer composite material, designed to correct for spherical aberration. The light gathering and focusing properties of the polymer lens are compared to a homogeneous BK7 glass singlet with a similar f-number. The modulation transfer function of the polymer GRIN lens exceeded that of the homogeneous glass lens at all spatial frequencies and was as much as 3 times better at 5 cyc/mm. The weight of the polymer lens was approximately an order of magnitude less than the homogeneous glass lens.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7061, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI, 706113 (11 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795906
Show Author Affiliations
G. Beadie, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
E. Fleet, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
A. Rosenberg, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Paul A. Lane, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
James S. Shirk, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
A. R. Kamdar, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
M. Ponting, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
A. Hiltner, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
E. Baer, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7061:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory; James D. Moore; David H. Krevor, Editor(s)

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