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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5775–5782

A simple route to fabricate artificial compound eye structures

Pubo Qu, Feng Chen, Hewei Liu, Qing Yang, Jing Lu, Jinhai Si, Yiqing Wang, and Xun Hou  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5775-5782 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.005775


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Abstract

A biologically inspired compound-eye structure, which composes of ~5,867 honeycomb-patterned microlenses, was fabricated on a hemispherical shell. The fabrication process was simple and low-cost, which involves a femtosecond laser-enhanced wet etching and casting process followed by a thermomechanical process to convert the film into a hemispherical surface. By optimizing the parameters of thermomechanical process to form the curvilinear surface, the experimental result shows that the microlenses are omnidirectionally aligned on the dome with lens diameters of ~85 µm and the angle between two lens of ~2°, and the individual microlenses have rudimentary focusing and imaging properties. The artificial compound-eye structure fabricated by this method has great potential applications in scale-invariant processing, robot vision, and fast motion detection.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: January 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2012
Published: February 24, 2012

Virtual Issues
Vol. 7, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Pubo Qu, Feng Chen, Hewei Liu, Qing Yang, Jing Lu, Jinhai Si, Yiqing Wang, and Xun Hou, "A simple route to fabricate artificial compound eye structures," Opt. Express 20, 5775-5782 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-5-5775


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