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Appl Opt. 2013 Jan 20;52(3):381-7. doi: 10.1364/AO.52.000381.

Liquid-crystal microlens with focus swing and low driving voltage.

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Institute of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, National Key Laboratory and Technology on Multispectral Information Processing, HuaZhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China.


A focus-swing liquid-crystal (LC) microlens with two patterned electrodes and filled in nematic liquid crystal is proposed. In order to lower the level of the applied voltage signal and effectively increase the focus-swing range, the bottom electrode is designed as a circular patterned structure. The top electrode is composed of four stripe-patterned subelectrodes, which are powered, respectively to generate expecting potential and drive the focus swing in the focal plane of the microlens. The common optical properties of the LC microlens and the swing behavior of the formed focus in the focal plane are demonstrated experimentally.


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