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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2009
  • pp: 3284–3290

Flexible meniscus/biconvex lens system with fluidic-controlled tunable-focus applications

Guo-Hua Feng and Yu-Chin Chou  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 18, pp. 3284-3290 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.003284


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Abstract

Controlled injection of fluid into a flexible lens chamber has previously produced tunable spherical lenses with spherical aberration problems. This paper presents a novel fluidic-controlled meniscus/biconvex lens system with relatively low distortion. The lens fabrication method is described and manufactured lenses are characterized for different processing parameters. Images captured through one of our lenses for a range of different pressures are presented. A change in focal length of five times ( 19.1 80.8 cm ) is demonstrated. The focal length shows a quadratic relation to the applied pressure ( 0 5 k Pa ). For the simple prototype lens, distortion is less than 5% and relative illumination is above 0.74 by ZEMAX analysis.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing
(080.2205) Geometric optics : Fabrication, injection molding

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: March 11, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2009
Published: June 10, 2009

Citation
Guo-Hua Feng and Yu-Chin Chou, "Flexible meniscus/biconvex lens system with fluidic-controlled tunable-focus applications," Appl. Opt. 48, 3284-3290 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-18-3284

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