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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11904–11910

Deformable liquid droplets for optical beam control

Hongwen Ren, Su Xu, and Shin-Tson Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11904-11910 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.011904


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Abstract

We demonstrate a liquid droplet whose surface profile can be reshaped by voltage. As the dielectric force increases, the dome of a liquid droplet could touch the top substrate and become flat. While the voltage is removed, the droplet recovers to its original spherical shape. By choosing proper liquids, the required voltage for such a shape change is relatively low and the transition speed is fast. Potential application of such a deformable droplet for optical beam control is discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Adaptive Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2010
Published: May 20, 2010

Citation
Hongwen Ren, Su Xu, and Shin-Tson Wu, "Deformable liquid droplets for optical beam control," Opt. Express 18, 11904-11910 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-11-11904


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