28 September 2016 Fabrication of focus-tunable liquid crystal microlens array with spherical electrode
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In this paper, a new approach to fabricate a liquid crystal (LC) microlens array with spherical-shaped electrode is demonstrated, which can create the inhomogeneous electric field. Inkjet-printing, hydrophilic confinement, self-assemble and replication process is used to form the convex microlens array on glass. After the spherical-shaped electrode is done, we assemble it with ITO glass to form a liquid crystal cell. We used Zemax® to simulate the liquid crystal lens as a Gradient-index (GRIN) lens. The simulation results show that a GRIN lens model can well match with the theoretical focal length of liquid crystal lens. The dimension of the glass is 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm x 0.7 mm which has 7 concave microlens on the top surface. These microlens have same diameter and height about 300 μm and 85 μm. The gap between each other is 100 μm. We first fabricate microlens array on silicon substrate by hydrophilic confinement, which between hydrophilicity of silicon substrate and hydrophobicity of SU-8, and inkjet printing process. Then we start replication process with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to transfer microlens array form silicon to glass substrate. After the transparent conducted polymer, PEDOT:PSS, is spin-coated on the microlens arrays surface, we flatten it by NOA65. Finally we assemble it with ITO glass and inkjet liquid crystal. From measuring the interference rings, the optical power range is from 47.28 to 331 diopter. This will be useful for the optical zoom system or focus-tunable lens applications.
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Wei-Ming Huang, Wei-Ming Huang, Guo-Dung J. Su, Guo-Dung J. Su, } "Fabrication of focus-tunable liquid crystal microlens array with spherical electrode", Proc. SPIE 9947, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVII, 99470G (28 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2236922; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2236922
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