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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13138–13145

A large bistable negative lens by integrating a polarization switch with a passively anisotropic focusing element

Hung-Shan Chen, Yi-Hsin Lin, Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Vladimir Grigorievich Chigrinov, Chia-Ming Chang, and Yu-Jen Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13138-13145 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.013138


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Abstract

A bistable negative lens with a large aperture size (~10mm) by integrating a polarization switch of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs) with a passively anisotropic focusing element is demonstrated. The proposed lens not only exhibits electrically tunable bistability but also fast response time of sub-milliseconds. The tunable lens power is from 0 to −1.74 Diopters. The electro-optical properties and imaging performances are demonstrated. The impact of this study is to provide a solution of electrically bistable liquid crystal lenses for the applications of portable devices, wearable devices and colored ophthalmic lenses.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: March 27, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2014
Published: May 22, 2014

Citation
Hung-Shan Chen, Yi-Hsin Lin, Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Vladimir Grigorievich Chigrinov, Chia-Ming Chang, and Yu-Jen Wang, "A large bistable negative lens by integrating a polarization switch with a passively anisotropic focusing element," Opt. Express 22, 13138-13145 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-11-13138


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