Holographic contact lens display that provides focusable images for eyes

Author(s):

Sano, Junpei & Takaki, Yasuhiro

Abstract:

“In this paper, we propose a holographic image generation technique for contact lens displays. The proposed technique employs a phase-only spatial light modulator (SLM), a holographic optical element (HOE) backlight, and a polarizer. The proposed holographic technique can generate 3D images apart from the contact lens displays. Therefore, the eyes can focus on the 3D images while simultaneously observing the real scene through the phase-only SLM and the HOE backlight, which provides see-through capability. A bench-top experimental system was constructed to verify the far-distance image generation capability and see-through function.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Volume 29; Number 7; Pages 10568; 2021
DOI: 10.1364/oe.419604

Single-shot memory-effect video

Author(s):

Xiaohan Li and Andrew Stevens and Joel A. Greenberg and Michael E. Gehm

Abstract:

“Imaging through opaque scattering media is critically important in applications ranging from biological and astronomical imaging to metrology and security. While the random process of scattering in turbid media produces scattered light that appears uninformative to the human eye, a wealth of information is contained in the signal and can be recovered using computational post-processing techniques. Recent studies have shown that statistical correlations present in the scattered light, known as ‘memory effects’, allow for diffraction-limited imaging through opaque media without detailed knowledge of (or access to) the source or scatterer. However, previous methods require that the object and/or scatterer be static during the measurement. We overcome this limitation by combining traditional memory effect imaging with coded-aperture-based computational imaging techniques, which enables us to realize for the first time single-shot video of arbitrary dynamic scenes through dynamic, opaque media. This has important implications for a wide range of real-world imaging scenarios.”

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Publication: Scientific Reports
Issue/Year: Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 13402 (2018)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-31697-8

Adaptive wavefront interferometry for unknown free-form surfaces

Author(s):

Shuai Xue, Shanyong Chen, Zhanbin Fan and Dede Zhai

Abstract:

“The primary problem of conventional wavefront interferometers is limited dynamic range. Unknown free-form surface figure error with large amplitude or slope is not measurable for too dense or invisible fringes. To troubleshoot this problem, we propose adaptive wavefront interferometry (AWI). AWI utilizes a wavefront sensor-less adaptive optics (AO) subsystem to intelligently speculate and compensate the unknown free-form surface figure error. In this subsystem, adaptive null optics is utilized to iteratively generate adaptive wavefronts to compensate the unknown severe surface figure error. The adaptive null optics is close-loop controlled (i.e., wavefront sensor-less optimization algorithms are utilized to control it by real time monitoring the compensation effects to guarantee convergence of the iteration). Ultimately, invisible fringes turn into resolvable ones, and null test is further realized. To demonstrate the feasibility of AWI, we designed one spatial light modulator (SLM) based AWI modality as an example. The system is based on a commercial interferometer and is easy to establish. No other elements are required besides the SLM. Principle, simulation, and experiments for the SLM based AWI are demonstrated. ”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Vol. 26, Issue 17, pp. 21910-21928 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.021910

Reduction of speckle noise in laser energy distribution on the target by means of modified Fourier hologram and incoherent averaging technique

Author(s):

A.G. Derzhypolskyi, O.V. Gnatovskyi and L.A. Derzhypolska

Abstract:

“Presented in this paper is the technique of formation of required laser intensity distribution on the target with a reduced speckle noise. The method is based on the use of modified Fourier hologram adapted to controlled phase modulators. Reduction of the speckle noise in the laser energy profile is obtained using multiple incoherent superposition of synthesized holographic images. Each hologram is synthesized with different random diffuser. The advantages of this method: relative simplicity of hardware; robustness with regard to distortions of any kind in input beam and/or optical path of the scheme; controlled
reduction of the speckle noise in the final energy distribution. ”

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Publication: Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Electronics and Optoelectronics
Issue/Year: Volume: 21 (4), P. 429-433 (2018).
DOI: 10.15407/spqeo21.04.429

Experimental demonstration of tunable refractometer based on orbital angular momentum of longitudinally structured light

Author(s):

Dorrah, Ahmed H and Zamboni-Rached, Michel and Mojahedi, Mo

Abstract:

“The index of refraction plays a decisive role in the design and classification of optical materials and devices; therefore, its proper and accurate determination is essential. In most refractive index (RI) sensing schemes, however, there is a trade-off between providing high-resolution measurements and covering a wide range of RIs. We propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel mechanism for sensing the index of refraction of a medium by utilizing the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of structured light. Using a superposition of co-propagating monochromatic higher order Bessel beams with equally spaced longitudinal wavenumbers, in a comb-like setting, we generate nondiffracting rotating light structures in which the orientation of the beam’s intensity profile is sensitive to the RI of the medium (here, a fluid). In principle, the sensitivity of this scheme can exceed ∼ 2700°/RIU with a resolution of ∼ 10-5 RI unit (RIU). Furthermore, we show how the unbounded degrees of freedom associated with OAM can be deployed to offer a wide dynamic range by generating structured light that evolves into different patterns based on the change in RI. The rotating light structures are generated by a programmable spatial light modulator (SLM). This provides dynamic control over the sensitivity, which can be tuned to perform coarse or fine measurements of the RI in real time. This, in turn, allows high sensitivity and resolution to be achieved simultaneously over a very wide dynamic range, which is a typical trade-off in all RI sensing schemes. We thus envision that this method will open new directions in refractometry and remote sensing.”

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Publication: Light: Science \& Applications
Issue/Year: Light: Science & Applications accepted article preview 18 May 2018
DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0034-9

Generation of optical vortex array along arbitrary curvilinear arrangement

Author(s):

Lin Li and Chenliang Chang and Xiangzheng Yuan and Caojin Yuan and Shaotong Feng and Shouping Nie and Jianping Ding

Abstract:

“We propose an approach for creating optical vortex array (OVA) arranged along arbitrary curvilinear path, based on the coaxial interference of two width-controllable component curves calculated by modified holographic beam shaping technique. The two component curve beams have different radial dimensions as well as phase gradients along each beam such that the number of phase singularity in the curvilinear arranged optical vortex array (CA-OVA) is freely tunable on demand. Hybrid CA-OVA that comprises of multiple OVA structures along different respective curves is also discussed and demonstrated. Furthermore, we study the conversion of CA-OVA into vector mode that comprises of polarization vortex array with varied polarization state distribution. Both simulation and experimental results prove the performance of the proposed method of generating a complex structured vortex array, which is of significance for potential applications including multiple trapping of micro-sized particles.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express, Vol.26, Issue 8, pp. 9798- 9812 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.009798

Synthesis of light needles with tunable length and nearly constant irradiance.

Author(s):

Martínez-Herrero, Rosario and Maluenda, David and Juvells, Ignasi and Carnicer, Artur

Abstract:

“We introduce a new method for producing optical needles with tunable length and almost constant irradiance based on the evaluation of the on-axis power content of the light distribution at the focal area. According to theoretical considerations, we propose an adaptive modulating continuous function that presents a large derivative and a zero value jump at the entrance pupil of the focusing system. This distribution is displayed on liquid crystal devices using holographic techniques. In this way, a polarized input beam is shaped and subsequently focused using a high numerical aperture (NA) objective lens. As a result, needles with variable length and nearly constant irradiance are produced using conventional optics components. This procedure is experimentally demonstrated obtaining a 53λ-long and 0.8λ-wide needle.”

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Publication: Scientific Reports
Issue/Year: Scientific Reportsvolume 8, Article number: 2657 (2018)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21007-7

Time multiplexing technique of holographic view and Maxwellian view using a liquid lens in the optical see-through head mounted display

Author(s):

Jin Su Lee and Yoo Kwang Kim and Yong Hyub Won

Abstract:

“We report a liquid lens based optical see-through head mounted display that can simultaneously display both a maxwellian view and a hologram. Holograms are reconstructed by an angular spectrum layer based synthesis method. A hologram and Maxwellian view are simultaneously displayed by focusing the liquid lens from 0 D to 20 D with 60 Hz. The hologram is reconstructed at a position 1.5 m from the eye, and it is confirmed that the Maxwellian view is clear, even if the focus of the eye changes from 50 cm to 1.7 m. In the proposed system, the liquid lens acts as a low-pass filter. Since the PSNR is about 23 dB in the currently used 10 mm diameter liquid lens, the image quality is not adequate. However, we successfully verify the feasibility of our proposed system. In addition, if a large diameter liquid lens of 30 mm or more is applied, excellent image quality of 30 dB or more can be realized.”

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Publication: Opt. Express
Issue/Year: Opt. Express, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 2149-2159 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.002149

Propagation dynamics of partially coherent crescent-like optical beams in free space and turbulent atmosphere

Author(s):

F. Wang and J. Li and G. Martinez-Piedra and O. Korotkova
Abstract:

“We introduce theoretically and realize experimentally a class of random, wide-sense stationary optical beams with uniform correlations which, on propagation in free space, produce a crescent-like intensity distribution with the maximum at an off-axis position. The crescent’s position of maximum intensity accelerates transversally at intermediate distances, and then exhibits a constant lateral shift further from the axis in the far zone of the source. We also show that on propagation in the isotropic turbulent atmosphere, the crescent beam shifts away from the axis as well, but slower than in free space, with rate depending on the strength of turbulence. These results are of importance for optical systems operating through long-range turbulent channels in which a beam must have a range-dependent tilt, e.g. on travelling around an obstacle.”

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Publication: Optics Express
Issue/Year: Optics Express Volume 25, Issue 21
DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.026055

Diffraction-free light droplets for axially-resolved volume imaging.

Author(s):

Antonacci, G. and Domenico, G. Di and Silvestri, S. and DelRe, E. and Ruocco, G.

Abstract:

“An ideal direct imaging system entails a method to illuminate on command a single diffraction-limited region in a generally thick and turbid volume. The best approximation to this is the use of large-aperture lenses that focus light into a spot. This strategy fails for regions that are embedded deep into the sample, where diffraction and scattering prevail. Airy beams and Bessel beams are solutions of the Helmholtz Equation that are both non-diffracting and self-healing, features that make them naturally able to outdo the effects of distance into the volume but intrinsically do not allow resolution along the propagation axis. Here, we demonstrate diffraction-free self-healing three-dimensional monochromatic light spots able to penetrate deep into the volume of a sample, resist against deflection in turbid environments, and offer axial resolution comparable to that of Gaussian beams. The fields, formed from coherent mixtures of Bessel beams, manifest a more than ten-fold increase in their undistorted penetration, even in turbid milk solutions, compared to diffraction-limited beams. In a fluorescence imaging scheme, we find a ten-fold increase in image contrast compared to diffraction-limited illuminations, and a constant axial resolution even after four Rayleigh lengths. Results pave the way to new opportunities in three-dimensional microscopy.”

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Publication: Scientific Reports
Issue/Year: Scientific Reports volume 7, Article number: 17 (2017)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-00042-w