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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 1997
  • pp: 4772–4778

Liquid-crystal microlens with a beam-steering function

Shin Masuda, Sounosuke Takahashi, Toshiaki Nose, Susumu Sato, and Hiromasa Ito  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 20, pp. 4772-4778 (1997)

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A novel beam-steering device that makes use of a nematic liquid crystal (LC) is proposed and demonstrated. The beam-steering function is attained with a LC microlens with a divided hole-patterned electrode structure (DE-LC microlens). Optical properties of the DE-LC microlens are investigated and three-dimensional variable-focusing and beam-steering properties are verified experimentally for the first time, to our knowledge.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 22, 1996
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 1997
Published: July 10, 1997

Shin Masuda, Sounosuke Takahashi, Toshiaki Nose, Susumu Sato, and Hiromasa Ito, "Liquid-crystal microlens with a beam-steering function," Appl. Opt. 36, 4772-4778 (1997)

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