Concave/convex switchable lens using active phase-change material Ge3Sb2Te6
PubDate: Mar 2018
Teams: Beijing Institute of Technology
Writers: Xueliang Shi, Juan Liu, Gaolei Xue, Weiting Peng, Bin Hu, Yongtian Wang
Normally, the focal length of a conventional lens is fixed. Scientists have made much effort in modulating it into bifocal, which is very important for virtual reality (VR) and argument reality (AR) 3D display. It is even much more difficult for a lens to realize both convex and concave functions with one geometric structure, that is, a concave/convex switchable lens, which can tune 3D real-images and virtual-images in AR and VR, corresponding to long depth of view in 3D display. Based on the tunable refractive indexes of phase-change materials, here we propose a series of concave/convex switchable lenses. When the phase-change material is in different states, one switchable lens is able to perform a negative or positive focal length, or perform negative and positive focal lengths simultaneously. The lenses can be either cylindrical, spherical or other types. For the superior characteristics, these switchable lenses can be employed in various optical fields.