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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 16 — Aug. 4, 2008
  • pp: 11847–11857

Tunable polymer lens

G. Beadie, M. L. Sandrock, M. J. Wiggins, R. S. Lepkowicz, J. S. Shirk, M. Ponting, Y. Yang, T. Kazmierczak, A. Hiltner, and E. Baer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 16, pp. 11847-11857 (2008)

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A new type of solid-state variable focal length lens is described.It is based on shape changes in an elastomeric membrane driven by compression of a reservoir of a polymer gel. A novel fabrication process based on individual lens components allows for customization of lens power based on the desired application. The lens shape as a function of applied compressive strain is measured using direct surface profile measurements. The focal length of a solid state lens was reversibly changed by a factor of 1.9. Calculated back focal lengths of the lens were consistent with experimental measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: May 16, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 17, 2008
Published: July 24, 2008

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G. Beadie, M. L. Sandrock, M. J. Wiggins, R. S. Lepkowicz, J. S. Shirk, M. Ponting, Y. Yang, T. Kazmierczak, A. Hiltner, and E. Baer, "Tunable polymer lens," Opt. Express 16, 11847-11857 (2008)

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