Abstract

The relationship between the characteristics of gradient-index rod lenses obtained by ion exchange and their mother glass compositions is studied. It is observed that Li2O content, R2O (Li2O + Na2O) content, and the Li2O/Na2O ratio are important factors in attaining a high acceptance angle and a small field curvature. Thus the gradient-index lens array is fabricated by the use of a newly developed glass composition and its optical performance; the modulation transfer function, luminous intensity, and chromatic aberration are precisely evaluated. The array is found to have a sufficiently high performance to be applicable for color use.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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