We developed novel lenses from gradient index, multi-polymer sheets. The sheets were processed into lenses with spherically-symmetric index profiles. An F/2.25 GRIN singlet produced images with 4x better contrast than a commercial F/2.25 glass singlet.
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G. Beadie, E. Fleet, A. Rosenberg, P. A. Lane, J. S. Shirk, Y. Jin, H. Tai, A. Kamdar, A. Hiltner, and E. Baer, "Gradient Index Polymer Optics," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference and Photonic Applications Systems Technologies, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2008), paper CFG3.