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The analysis of the wavefront aberration caused by the gravity of the tunable-focus liquid-filled membrane lens
Author(s): Wei Zhang; Pengfei Liu; Xiaona Wei; Songlin Zhuang; Bo Yang
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Paper Abstract

Liquid lens is a novel optical device which can implement active zooming. With liquid lens, zoom camera can be designed with more miniature size and simpler structure than before. It is thought that the micro zoom system with liquid lens has a very wide potential applications in many fields, in which the volume and weight of the system are critically limited, such as endoscope, mobile, PDA and so on. There are mainly three types of tunable-focus liquid lens: liquid crystal lens, electrowetting effect based liquid lens and liquid-filled membrane lens. Comparing with the other two kinds of liquid lens, the liquid-filled membrane lens has the advantages of simple structure, flexible aperture and high zooming efficiency. But its membrane surface will have an initial shape deformation caused by the gravity when the aperture of the lens is at large size, which will lead to the wave front aberration and the imaging quality impairing. In this paper, the initial deformation of the lens caused by the gravity was simulated based on the theory of Elastic Mechanics, which was calculated by the Finite Element Analysis method. The relationship between the diameter of the lens and the wave front aberration caused by the gravity was studied. And the Optical path difference produced by different liquid density was also analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7849, Optical Design and Testing IV, 78491W (9 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.869866
Show Author Affiliations
Wei Zhang, Univ. of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China)
Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics (China)
Pengfei Liu, Univ. of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China)
Xiaona Wei, Univ. of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China)
Songlin Zhuang, Univ. of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China)
Bo Yang, Univ. of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7849:
Optical Design and Testing IV
Yongtian Wang; Julie Bentley; Chunlei Du; Kimio Tatsuno; Hendrik P. Urbach, Editor(s)

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