Wave-front engineering by use of transparent elastomeric optical elements

John A. Rogers, Olivier J.A. Schueller, Christian Marzolin, George M. Whitesides

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We describe a class of devices based on elastomeric optical phase gratings. These devices operate by reversibly controlling the phase of transmitted or reflected light by mechanical compression of the transparent elastomer. An optical modulator and an element in an optical display demonstrate two possible applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5792-5795
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number23
StatePublished - Aug 10 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Elastomer
  • Modulator
  • Phase grating
  • Spatial light modulator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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