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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2013
  • pp: 2858–2865

Nonmechanical zoom system through pressure-controlled tunable fluidic lenses

Nickolaos Savidis, Gholam Peyman, Nasser Peyghambarian, and Jim Schwiegerling  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 12, pp. 2858-2865 (2013)

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We have developed a variable-power zoom system that incorporates fluidic lenses and has no moving parts. The designed system applies two single-chamber plano–convex fluid singlets, each with their own distinct design, as well as a conventional refractive lens. In this paper, we combine the two fluid elements to form a variable-power telescope, while the fixed lens enables image formation. In this configuration, the image plane location is fixed. By synchronizing the powers of the two fluidic lenses, we produce a varying magnification zoom system. The design of each lens and the coupled system is analyzed. The coupled device experimentally produced a magnification range of 0.1 × to 10 × zoom or a 20 × zoom magnification range with no moving parts. Furthermore, we expand on optical performance and capabilities of our system with fluidic lenses relative to traditional zoom lenses.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.3630) Geometric optics : Lenses
(220.4880) Optical design and fabrication : Optomechanics
(110.1085) Imaging systems : Adaptive imaging
(080.2468) Geometric optics : First-order optics
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2013
Published: April 18, 2013

Nickolaos Savidis, Gholam Peyman, Nasser Peyghambarian, and Jim Schwiegerling, "Nonmechanical zoom system through pressure-controlled tunable fluidic lenses," Appl. Opt. 52, 2858-2865 (2013)

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