Liquid-crystal microlens with a beam-steering function

  • Masuda S
  • Takahashi S
  • Nose T
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Abstract

A novel beam-steering device that makes use of a nematic liquid crystal (LC) is proposed and demonstrated. The beam-steering function is attained with a LC microlens with a divided hole-patterned electrode structure (DE-LC microlens). Optical properties of the DE-LC microlens are investigated and three-dimensional variable-focusing and beam-steering properties are verified experimentally for the first time, to our knowledge.

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  • beam steering
  • liquid crystal
  • liquid crystal microlens
  • optical device

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Authors

  • Shin Masuda

  • Sounosuke Takahashi

  • Toshiaki Nose

  • Susumu Sato

  • Hiromasa Ito

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