We propose a new function of the two-dimensional lens array that is composed of many gradient-index lenses. The array forms three-dimensional (3D) images. The characteristics of the 3D images depend on the length of the gradient-index lens. Especially, if the length of the lens is an odd-integer multiple of the half period of the optical path, 3D images are pseudoscopic with a reversed depth. The two lens arrays are positioned at a suitable distance, so that orthoscopic 3D images with the correct depth are formed in front of the lens array.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 25, 2001
Revised Manuscript: February 1, 2002
Published: July 10, 2002
Fumio Okano and Jun Arai, "Optical shifter for a three-dimensional image by use of a gradient-index lens array," Appl. Opt. 41, 4140-4147 (2002)