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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 3 — Jan. 31, 2011
  • pp: 2294–2300

Polarization-independent liquid crystal lens based on axially symmetric photoalignment

Andy Y.-G. Fuh, Shih-Wei Ko, Shu-Hao Huang, Yan-Yu Chen, and Tsung-Hsien Lin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 2294-2300 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.002294


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Abstract

A polarization-independent liquid crystal lens that is based on axially symmetric photoalignment is demonstrated. This liquid crystal lens is fabricated by combining radially and azimuthally aligned liquid crystal films with gradient alignments. The configurations of liquid crystals on the substrates are confirmed both optically and using a scanning electron microscope. The focal length of the polarization-independent liquid crystal lens can be controlled by applying various voltages. The device is simple to fabricate, and very convenient to use. It therefore has great practical potential.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(220.1140) Optical design and fabrication : Alignment
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2011
Published: January 24, 2011

Virtual Issues
Vol. 6, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Andy Y.-G. Fuh, Shih-Wei Ko, Shu-Hao Huang, Yan-Yu Chen, and Tsung-Hsien Lin, "Polarization-independent liquid crystal lens based on axially symmetric photoalignment," Opt. Express 19, 2294-2300 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-3-2294


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