Nonmechanical zoom system through pressure-controlled tunable fluidic lenses

Nickolaos Savidis, Gholam Peyman, Nasser N Peyghambarian, James T Schwiegerling

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Abstract

We have developed a variable-power zoom system that incorporates fluidic lenses and has no moving parts. The designed system applies two single-chamber plano-convex fluid singlets, each with their own distinct design, as well as a conventional refractive lens. In this paper, we combine the two fluid elements to form a variable-power telescope, while the fixed lens enables image formation. In this configuration, the image plane location is fixed. By synchronizing the powers of the two fluidic lenses, we produce a varying magnification zoom system. The design of each lens and the coupled system is analyzed. The coupled device experimentally produced a magnification range of 0.1× to 10× zoom or a 20× zoom magnification range with no moving parts. Furthermore, we expand on optical performance and capabilities of our system with fluidic lenses relative to traditional zoom lenses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2858-2865
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Optics
Volume52
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2013

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Nonmechanical zoom system through pressure-controlled tunable fluidic lenses. / Savidis, Nickolaos; Peyman, Gholam; Peyghambarian, Nasser N; Schwiegerling, James T.

In: Applied Optics, Vol. 52, No. 12, 20.04.2013, p. 2858-2865.

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