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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2010
  • pp: 2778–2783

Low aberrations symmetrical adaptive modal liquid crystal lens with short focal lengths

Nicolas Fraval and Jean Louis de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 15, pp. 2778-2783 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.002778


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Abstract

We describe the design, fabrication, and characterization of modal liquid crystal lenses (MLCLs) with a symmetrical electrode structure using a resistive composite polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS). We achieved MLCLs with shorter focal lengths (up to 1 cm ), shorter apertures (1 to 5 mm ), and lower aberrations compared to other MLCLs. We demonstrate a very uniform conductivity distribution in the PEDOT-PSS layers over a wide resistivity range ( 100 k Ω / sq 10 M Ω / sq ) combined with a symmetrical electrode structure, enabling us to manufacture MLCLs with short f-numbers, large depths of focus, and low aberrations.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(110.1085) Imaging systems : Adaptive imaging
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: December 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 5, 2010
Published: May 12, 2010

Citation
Nicolas Fraval and Jean Louis de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye, "Low aberrations symmetrical adaptive modal liquid crystal lens with short focal lengths," Appl. Opt. 49, 2778-2783 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-15-2778

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