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Opt Express. 2011 Nov 21;19(24):23989-96. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.023989.

Analysis of three-element zoom lens based on refractive variable-focus lenses.

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  • 1Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Physics, Thakurova 7,16629 Prague, Czech Republic. miks@fsv.cvut.cz

Abstract

Traditional optical systems with variable optical characteristics are composed of several optical elements that can be shifted with respect to each other mechanically. A motorized change of position of individual elements (or group of elements) then makes possible to achieve desired optical properties of such zoom lens systems. A disadvantage of such systems is the fact that individual elements of these optical systems have to move very precisely, which results in high requirements on mechanical construction of such optical systems. Our work is focused on a paraxial and aberration analysis of possible optical designs of three-element zoom lens systems based on variable-focus (tunable-focus) lenses with a variable focal length. First order chromatic aberrations of the variable-focus lenses are also described. Computer simulation examples are presented to show that such zoom lens systems without motorized movements of lenses appear to be promising for the next-generation of zoom lens design.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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