Enhancing imaging systems using transformation optics

TitleEnhancing imaging systems using transformation optics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsD.R. Smith, Y. Urzhumov, N.B. Kundtz, N. Landy
JournalOptics Express
Date Published2010

We apply the transformation optical technique to modify or improve conventional refractive and gradient index optical imaging devices. In particular, when it is known that a detector will terminate the paths of rays over some surface, more freedom is available in the transformation approach, since the wave behavior over a large portion of the domain becomes unimportant. For the analyzed configurations, quasi-conformal and conformal coordinate transformations can be used, leading to simplified constitutive parameter distributions that, in some cases, can be realized with isotropic index; index-only media can be low-loss and have broad bandwidth. We apply a coordinate transformation to flatten a Maxwell fish-eye lens, forming a near-perfect relay lens; and also flatten the focal surface associated with a conventional refractive lens, such that the system exhibits an ultra-wide field-of-view with reduced aberration.

Short TitleOpt. Express