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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 17590–17595

Adaptive liquid lens actuated by photo-polymer

Su Xu, Hongwen Ren, Yeong-Jyh Lin, M. G. Jim Moharam, Shin-Tson Wu, and Nelson Tabiryan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 17590-17595 (2009)

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An adaptive liquid lens actuated by a photo-polymer is demonstrated. The lens cell consists of a top glass substrate and a bottom plastic slab with two holes: reservoir hole and lens hole, which are sealed with elastic membranes. A photo-sensitive polymer is attached to the membrane of the reservoir hole. Under blue light irradiation, the polymer is bent which exerts a pressure to regulate the curvature of the membrane on the lens hole and then change the focal length of the plano-convex lens. The focal length is tunable from infinity to 21.2 mm in seconds. Non-mechanical driving, easy integration with other optical components and compact system are the key features of this lens.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

Original Manuscript: August 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2009
Published: September 16, 2009

Su Xu, Hongwen Ren, Yeong-Jyh Lin, M. G. Jim Moharam, Shin-Tson Wu, and Nelson Tabiryan, "Adaptive liquid lens actuated by photo-polymer," Opt. Express 17, 17590-17595 (2009)

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