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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 13, 2009
  • pp: 6118–6127

Miniaturization of zoom lenses with a single moving element

Mads Demenikov, Ewan Findlay, and Andrew R. Harvey  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 6118-6127 (2009)

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We present an analysis of single-moving-element zoom lenses in the thin-lens limit and show how the length of these zoom lenses is determined by the zoom-factor, sensor-dimension and the depth-of-focus. By decreasing the sensor size and extending the depth-of-focus, the lengths of these zoom lenses can be reduced significantly. As an example we present a ray-traced design of a miniaturized single-moving-element zoom lens with a 2.3× zoom-factor and show how the exploitation of modern miniaturized detector array combined with wavefront coding enables a reduction in length of almost three orders-of-magnitude to 10mm.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design

Original Manuscript: November 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2009
Published: April 1, 2009

Mads Demenikov, Ewan Findlay, and Andrew R. Harvey, "Miniaturization of zoom lenses with a single moving element," Opt. Express 17, 6118-6127 (2009)

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