A polarized liquid crystal lens with electrically switching mode and optically written mode

Hung Shan Chen, Yi-Hsin Lin*, Chia Ming Chang, Yu Jen Wang, Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Jia Tong Sun, Vladimir Grigorievich Chigrinov

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A polarized liquid crystal (LC) lens composed of a LC layers as a polarization switch and a liquid crystal and polymer composites lens (LCPC lens) is demonstrated with electrically switching (ES) mode and optically rewritten (ORW) mode. The lens power of LCPC lens is related to a polarization state of light modulated by the LC layer whose orientations are manipulated either electrically or optically. As a result, the LC lens is not only electrically switchable, but also optically rewritable. Each mode, ES mode or ORW mode, exhibits two discrete lens powers (-1.39 Diopter and +0.7 Diopter). The demonstrated aperture size is 10 mm. The detail optical mechanism is also discussed. The Modulation Transfer Function (so-called MTF) of the lens is measured as well. In addition, the image performance and the dispersion of the LC lens are investigated. Such a polarized LC lens could be a special switch in optical systems due to dual operation modes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Liquid Crystal Technologies X
EditorsHirotsugu Kikuchi, Ivan I. Smalyukh, Liang-Chy Chien, Harry J. Coles
ISBN (Electronic)9781628414745
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventEmerging Liquid Crystal Technologies X - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 9 Feb 201511 Feb 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceEmerging Liquid Crystal Technologies X
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • Bistable
  • Liquid Crystal Lens
  • Ophthalmic Lens
  • Optically Rewrite
  • Polarization switch

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