Abstract

Research has been conducted on a variable-focus liquid-filled optical lens built from a polymer elastic-film window and a rigid plastic window with a transparent refractive liquid between these windows. The pressure inside the lens deforms the elastic film, which takes the form of a paraboloid. The absolute value of the tension in the film was calculated, allowing theoretical evaluation of the focal length of the lens and its aberrations. The developed mathematical model of the liquid-filled flexible lens agrees well with experimental results.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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