Liquid crystal based active optics

Brett E. Bagwell, David V. Wick, Robert Batchko, Justin D. Mansell, Ty Martinez, Sergio R. Restaino, Don M. Payne, Jamie Harriman, Steve Serati, Gary Sharp, Jim Schwiegerling

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Liquid crystal spatial light modulators, lenses, and bandpass filters are becoming increasingly capable as material and electronics development continues to improve device performance and reduce fabrication costs. These devices are being utilized in a number of imaging applications in order to improve the performance and flexibility of the system while simultaneously reducing the size and weight compared to a conventional lens. We will present recent progress at Sandia National Laboratories in developing foveated imaging, active optical (aka nonmechanical) zoom, and enhanced multispectral imaging systems using liquid crystal devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNovel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX
StatePublished - 2006
EventNovel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 15 2006Aug 16 2006

Publication series

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


OtherNovel Optical Systems Design and Optimization IX
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Active optics
  • Liquid crystal
  • Spatial light modulators
  • Zoom lenses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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