10 October 2003 Bio-inspired optics
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Combining bio-inspired optical designs with new materials -- that have a capability to dynamically change index of refraction - may provide new capabilities and increased system performance. This paper discusses recent interest in mimicking some of the adaptive features of biological imaging systems, identifies new optical materials being developed, and discusses some simple applications such as zoom lenses with no moving parts and foveated imaging systems. Mention is also given to the future challenges of developing materials with dynamic refractive indexes and gradients.
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Dean A. Scribner, Leonard J. Buckley, Michael P. Satyshur, Randall R. Sands, Guido Zuccarello, "Bio-inspired optics", Proc. SPIE 5074, Infrared Technology and Applications XXIX, (10 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.501527; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.501527
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