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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2011
  • pp: 3268–3274

Tunable solid-body elastomer lenses with electromagnetic actuation

Peter Liebetraut, Sebastian Petsch, Wolfgang Mönch, and Hans Zappe  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 19, pp. 3268-3274 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.003268


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Abstract

We present novel biconvex solid-body elastomer (polydimethylsiloxane) lenses, which can be tuned in focal length by using magnetic or mechanical actuation. The focal length change is induced by applying radial elastic strain and is investigated for different initial radii of curvature of the lenses and different actuation designs. In all cases, a linear correlation between induced strain and focal length tuning, in the range of about 10% (approximately 3 mm ), is found. These results compare favorably with finite element simulations.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(220.1080) Optical design and fabrication : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: February 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2011
Published: June 29, 2011

Citation
Peter Liebetraut, Sebastian Petsch, Wolfgang Mönch, and Hans Zappe, "Tunable solid-body elastomer lenses with electromagnetic actuation," Appl. Opt. 50, 3268-3274 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-19-3268

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