30 September 2013 Tunable focalizers: axicons, lenses, and axilenses
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We propose the use of a pair of phase masks, which have both radial and angular variations, for implementing several varifocal devices. One mask of the proposed pair has a complex amplitude transmittance that is the complex conjugate of the other member of the pair. We show that the overall complex amplitude transmittance has only a radial variation after introducing an in-plane rotation, say by an angle β, between the members of the pair. However, we note that the optical power is proportional to the rotation angle β. As examples of the proposed method, we show that the refractive pair is useful for implementing varifocal lenses, tunable axicons, controllable axilenses, as well as annularly distributed focalizers.
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Jorge Ojeda-Castañeda, Cristina M. Gómez-Sarabia, Sergio Ledesma, "Tunable focalizers: axicons, lenses, and axilenses", Proc. SPIE 8833, Tribute to H. John Caulfield, 883306 (30 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2022459; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2022459
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