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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 9 — Mar. 19, 2004
  • pp: 1794–1798

Image transfer in arrays of glass spheres

Hiroyuki Ebihara, Fujun Huang, and Shinzo Morita  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 9, pp. 1794-1798 (2004)

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Image transfer in linear and curvilinear arrays of glass spheres was studied experimentally and discussed analytically. Glass spheres of 5 and 1 mmØ were used. The image pattern was successfully transferred through the sphere array but was highly deformed because of aberrations of the spheres’ lenses. However, we suppressed the aberrations significantly by filling the spaces between the spheres with dielectric liquid and covering both ends of the tube that contained the sphere arrays with flat plates.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(080.3630) Geometric optics : Lenses
(110.4190) Imaging systems : Multiple imaging

Original Manuscript: May 13, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2003
Published: March 20, 2004

Hiroyuki Ebihara, Fujun Huang, and Shinzo Morita, "Image transfer in arrays of glass spheres," Appl. Opt. 43, 1794-1798 (2004)

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