Liquid crystal spiral diffraction lenses

Otón Sánchez, José Manuel ORCID:, Quintana Arregui, Patxi Xabier ORCID:, Caño García, Manuel ORCID: and Geday, Morten Andreas ORCID: (2019). Liquid crystal spiral diffraction lenses. In: "15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals ECLC'19", 30/06/2019 - 05/07/2019, Wrocraw, Polonia. p. 1.


Title: Liquid crystal spiral diffraction lenses
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Poster)
Event Title: 15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals ECLC'19
Event Dates: 30/06/2019 - 05/07/2019
Event Location: Wrocraw, Polonia
Title of Book: Proceedings of 15th European Conference on Liquid Crystals ECLC'19 (Wroclaw, Polonia, julio 2019
Date: July 2019
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Tecnología Fotónica y Bioingeniería
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Electrooptic materials, whose refractive index can be modified by external fields, can be employed to create tunable lenses with no movable parts, that result useful for many applications from spatial environment to mobile phone cameras and adaptive contact lenses. Liquid crystals are especially suitable for these applications since LC reorientation is relatively simple and low voltage driving signals are required. However, the design of tunable LC lenses is not simple. The main difficulty is to achieve optimized electrode profiles giving the right wavefront deformation to focus flat wavefronts into a single focal point without compromising the symmetry of the electrodes [1]. Regular lenses show very low power for any reasonable birefringence and cell thickness ?unless their size is reduced to microlenses; radial phase-wrapping devices like Fresnel diffractive lenses (FDL) are the best way to overcome this limitation. However, Fresnel lenses are made of a number of concentric electrodes, the larger the better, whose external electrical interconnection is extremely involved, requiring dozens of independent tracks that discontinue the circular electrodes and constrain the cell fill factor. In this work we have developed a device having independent azimuthal and radial phase-wrapping. This is a combination of a spiral phase plate and an FDL, giving a spiral diffractive lens. No internal connections are required; the fill factor is about 0.98. Divergent and convergent lenses (1? Ø, ±2.5 diopters) can be obtained from the same device (Fig. 1).

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Government of Spain
Programa RETOS
Madrid Regional Government
Sensores e instrumentación en tecnologías fotónicas 2

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Last Modified: 16 May 2023 19:46
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