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Ray equation for a spatially variable uniaxial crystal and its use in the optical design of liquid-crystal lenses

Jenkins, Charles; Bingham, Richard; Moore, Kenneth; Love, Gordon D.


To be able to design optical systems (e.g., variable focus or zoom lenses) made from liquid-crystal devices, it is necessary to be able to ray trace in a birefringent medium where the angle of the optical axis is a function of position in the device. To our knowledge, the theory required to achieve this has not previously been published, and we derive a suitable algorithm and give some examples of its use.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Optical Society of America A
DOI: 10.1364/JOSAA.24.002089


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