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Adaptive optical zoom

[+] Author Affiliations
David V. Wick

Sandia National Laboratories, PO Box 5800, MS 1188, Albuquerque, New Mexico?87185-1188

Ty Martinez

Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy Directorate, 3550 Aberdeen Avenue Southeast, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico?87117

Opt. Eng. 43(1), 8-9 (Jan 01, 2004). doi:10.1117/1.1633570
History: Received Jul. 24, 2003; Revised Sep. 19, 2003; Accepted Sep. 25, 2003; Online February 06, 2004
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In order to optically vary the magnification of an imaging system, continuous mechanical zoom lenses require multiple optical elements and use fine mechanical motion to precisely adjust the separations between individual or groups of lenses. By incorporating active elements, such as liquid crystal spatial light modulators or deformable mirrors, into the optical design, we can eliminate the need to change the spacing between lenses and create an imaging system with variable optical magnification that has no macroscopic moving parts. © 2004 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

© 2004 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Topics

Zoom lenses

Citation

David V. Wick and Ty Martinez
"Adaptive optical zoom", Opt. Eng. 43(1), 8-9 (Jan 01, 2004). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1633570


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