A novel application of electrowetting devices has been simulated: wavefront correction using an array of electrowetting lenses and prisms. Five waves of distortion can be corrected with Strehl ratios of 0.9 or higher, utilizing piston, tip–tilt, and curvature corrections from arrays of 19 elements and fill factors as low as 40%. Effective control of piston can be achieved by placing the liquid lens array at the focus of two microlens arrays. Seven waves of piston delay can be generated with variation in focal length between 1.5 and 500 mm.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 14, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 20, 2012
Published: September 18, 2012
Juliet T. Gopinath, Victor M. Bright, Carol C. Cogswell, Robert D. Niederriter, Alexander Watson, Ramzi Zahreddine, and Robert H. Cormack, "Simulation of electrowetting lens and prism arrays for wavefront compensation," Appl. Opt. 51, 6618-6623 (2012)