Topical Collection "Optical Design and Engineering"

A topical collection in Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This collection belongs to the section "Optics and Lasers".

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Prof. Dr. Zhi-Ting Ye
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, 62102 ChiaYi, Taiwan
Interests: intelligence biomedical photoelectric; photoelectric semiconductor materials and device; artificial intelligence, intelligence green energy; optical design, opto-mechatronics integrated design; patent layout and analysis
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Prof. Dr. Pin Han
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Graduate Institute of Precision Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
Interests: photoelectric engineering; computational physics and nonlinear systems; micro-optical system design
Prof. Dr. Chun Hung Lai
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Department of Electronic Engineering, National United University, Miaoli, Taiwan
Interests: semiconductor thin film components; electronic ceramics; optical instrument measuring equipment
Prof. Dr. Yi Chin Fang
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Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Interests: optical design; optical testing; opto-mechatronics system; human vision; Silicon photonic
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure, and an honor, to present this Topical Collection of Applied Sciences.

This is a feature issue to present recent advances and future prospects of this key, fundamental, research area in (1) optical design and engineering of semiconductor device, (2) optical measuring equipment and (3) optical exposure equipment.

You are cordially invited to submit your original research or review papers to this Topical Collection. All papers need to present original, previously-unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review processes of this journal.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Optical materials;
  • Non-imaging optical design;
  • Imaging optical design;
  • Optical lens design;
  • Solid state lighting;
  • Thin-film technology;
  • Optical instruments;
  • Opto-mechanical system;
  • Optical exposure equipment;
  • Imaging systems, image processing, and display optical systems;
  • Optical devices, photonic devices, sensors, and detectors.

Prof. Dr. Zhi-Ting Ye
Prof. Dr. Pin Han
Prof. Dr. Chun Hung Lai
Prof. Dr. Yi Chin Fang
Collection Editors

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Keywords

  • Optical materials
  • Non-imaging optical design
  • Imaging optical design
  • Optical lens design
  • Solid state lighting
  • Thin-film technology
  • Optical instruments
  • Opto-mechanical system
  • Optical exposure equipment
  • Imaging systems, image processing, and display optical systems
  • Optical devices, photonic devices, sensors, and detectors.

Published Papers (41 papers)

2022

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Article
Equivalent Modeling and Verification of a High-Steepness and Lightweight Elliptical Aluminum Mirror
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(18), 9091; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12189091 - 09 Sep 2022
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In order to realize the compact layout of aerospace payloads, the design and manufacture of high-steepness lightweight aluminum alloy mirrors is a key technology to be explored. For high-steepness mirrors, the traditional method is to establish the initial thickness that satisfies the bending [...] Read more.
In order to realize the compact layout of aerospace payloads, the design and manufacture of high-steepness lightweight aluminum alloy mirrors is a key technology to be explored. For high-steepness mirrors, the traditional method is to establish the initial thickness that satisfies the bending stiffness through finite element optimization iteration, which cannot achieve fast modeling and performance estimation. In this paper, firstly, the equivalent modeling method of the mirror with high steepness is proposed to achieve the equivalent of the elliptic mirror with a diameter of 410 × 310 mm and F# less than 0.7. Based on the mathematical model, topology shape optimization was used to build a highly lightweight mirror structure that could be quickly assembled, and the equivalent area–mass density of the mirror is less than 34 kg/mm2. Next, the rationality of design feasibility was verified by simulation analysis. Finally, by using single point diamond turning combined with post polishing process, the high-precision manufacturing of conventional aluminum alloy mirror was realized. The results show that the mirror shape accuracy is 1/10 λ (λ = 632.8 nm), and the surface roughness Ra is 3.342 nm. This research provides strong theoretical support and application prospects for the low-cost and rapid manufacturing of high-steepness lightweight aluminum alloy mirrors. Full article
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Optimization Method for Low Tilt Sensitivity of Secondary Mirror Based on the Nodal Aberration Theory
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(13), 6514; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12136514 - 27 Jun 2022
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The optical system that combines imaging and image motion compensation is conducive to the miniaturization of aerial mapping cameras, but the movement of optical element for image motion compensation will cause a decrease in image quality. To solve this problem, reducing the sensitivity [...] Read more.
The optical system that combines imaging and image motion compensation is conducive to the miniaturization of aerial mapping cameras, but the movement of optical element for image motion compensation will cause a decrease in image quality. To solve this problem, reducing the sensitivity of moving optical element is one of the effective ways to ensure the imaging quality of aerial mapping cameras. Therefore, this paper proposes an optimization method for the low tilt sensitivity of the secondary mirror based on the Nodal aberration theory. In this method, the analytical expressions of the tilt sensitivity of the secondary mirror in different tilt directions are given in the form of zernike polynomial coefficients, and the influence of the field of view on the sensitivity is expressed in the mathematical model. The desensitization optimization function and desensitization optimization method are proposed. The catadioptric optical system with a focal length of 350 mm is used for desensitization optimization. The results show that the desensitization function proposed in this paper is linearly related to the decrease of sensitivity within a certain range, and the standard deviation of the system after desensitization is 0.020, which is 59% of the system without desensitization. Compared with the traditional method, the method in this paper widens the range of angle reduction sensitivity and has a better desensitization effect. The research results show that the optimization method for low tilt sensitivity of the secondary mirror based on the Nodal aberration theory proposed in this paper reduces the tilt sensitivity of the secondary mirror, revealing that the reduction of the sensitivity depends on the reduction of the aberration coefficient related to the misalignment in the field of view, which is critical for the development of an optical system for aerial mapping cameras that combines imaging and image motion compensation. Full article
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Development of Radiator with Thermoplastic Polymer and Insert-Molded Aluminum Alloy Parts for Light-Emitting Diode Headlights
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(11), 5385; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12115385 - 26 May 2022
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The increasing popularity of electric vehicles has increased the demand for lightweight auto parts. However, the excessive weight of traditional metal heat sinks has remained a concern. Metal has excellent thermal conductivity but low radiation efficiency. Conversely, thermoplastic polymers have excellent heat radiation [...] Read more.
The increasing popularity of electric vehicles has increased the demand for lightweight auto parts. However, the excessive weight of traditional metal heat sinks has remained a concern. Metal has excellent thermal conductivity but low radiation efficiency. Conversely, thermoplastic polymers have excellent heat radiation efficiency but poor thermal conductivity. In this study, we propose a radiator constructed using thermoplastic polymer and insert-molded aluminum alloy parts to maintain the low junction temperature of light-emitting diodes (LEDs); the radiator’s weight is reduced through a combination of aluminum alloy and a thermally conductive polymer designed for automotive headlights. At an LED thermal load of 11.48 W, the measured temperature on the LED pad is 60.8 °C. The weight of the proposed radiator is 23.37% lighter than that of a pure metal radiator. When the lightweight radiator is used in high-power LED headlights, it effectively dissipates heat within a limited space. Full article
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Calibration of Rotary Encoders Using a Shift-Angle Method
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(10), 5008; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12105008 - 16 May 2022
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Cross-calibration using an autocollimator and a polygon is the traditional method for calibrating a rotary encoder. These angles, which can be calibrated using this method, are limited by the pitch angle of the polygon, which is 15° for a 24-faced polygon. In this [...] Read more.
Cross-calibration using an autocollimator and a polygon is the traditional method for calibrating a rotary encoder. These angles, which can be calibrated using this method, are limited by the pitch angle of the polygon, which is 15° for a 24-faced polygon. In this work, we propose a new shift-angle method using the same setup as the traditional method. However, the new method can measure smaller than the pitch angle of the polygon, which is the measurement limitation of the traditional method. The proposed method can calibrate every angle of the rotary encoder. In the experiment, we use an autocollimator and a 24-faced polygon to calibrate the SelfA rotary encoder to verify the proposed shift-angle method. The SelfA rotary encoder, which comprises one rotary encoder and 12 read heads, is calibrated using self-calibration. The difference between the calibration results obtained by applying these two methods to the same SelfA rotary encoder is smaller than ±0.1″. Full article
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A Deconvolutional Deblurring Algorithm Based on Dual-Channel Images
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(10), 4864; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12104864 - 11 May 2022
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Aiming at the motion blur restoration of large-scale dual-channel space-variant images, this paper proposes a dual-channel image deblurring method based on the idea of block aggregation, by studying imaging principles and existing algorithms. The study first analyzed the model of dual-channel space-variant imaging, [...] Read more.
Aiming at the motion blur restoration of large-scale dual-channel space-variant images, this paper proposes a dual-channel image deblurring method based on the idea of block aggregation, by studying imaging principles and existing algorithms. The study first analyzed the model of dual-channel space-variant imaging, reconstructed the kernel estimation process using the side prior information from the correlation of the two-channel images, and then used a clustering algorithm to classify kernels and restore the images. In the kernel estimation process, the study proposed two kinds of regularization terms. One is based on image correlation, and the other is based on the information from another channel input. In the image restoration process, the mean-shift clustering algorithm was used to calculate the block image kernel weights and reconstruct the final restored image according to the weights. As the experimental section shows, the restoration effect of this algorithm was better than that of the other compared algorithms. Full article
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Bound-State Soliton and Noise-like Pulse Generation in a Thulium-Doped Fiber Laser Based on a Nonlinear Optical Loop Mirror
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(3), 1664; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12031664 - 05 Feb 2022
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We demonstrate a thulium-doped, mode-locked, all-fiber laser capable of operating in two generation regimes: dispersion-managed soliton and noise-like pulse (NLP). Employing a nonlinear optical loop mirror as an artificial saturable absorber, the oscillator generated optical pulses with a fundamental pulse repetition frequency of [...] Read more.
We demonstrate a thulium-doped, mode-locked, all-fiber laser capable of operating in two generation regimes: dispersion-managed soliton and noise-like pulse (NLP). Employing a nonlinear optical loop mirror as an artificial saturable absorber, the oscillator generated optical pulses with a fundamental pulse repetition frequency of ~15.795 MHz. The total net dispersion of the laser cavity had a slightly anomalous group delay dispersion value of −0.016 ps2. After appropriate adjustment of a polarization controller, bound states of a dispersion-managed soliton composed of three pulses with fixed soliton separations were also observed. NLP generation, tunable over 35 nm from 1943.5 to 1978 nm, was also presented in the same laser setup. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the generation of tunable NLPs in a mode-locked thulium-doped fiber laser based on a nonlinear loop mirror saturable absorber. Full article
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Study on the Light Field Regulation of UVC-LED Disinfection for Cold Chain Transportation
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(3), 1285; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12031285 - 26 Jan 2022
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In this paper, the pain point that cold chain transportation urgently needs for an efficient disinfection method is pointed out. Thus, this work aims at solving the problems and improving the disinfection efficiency in cold chain transportation. While Ultraviolet-C (UVC) irradiation is an [...] Read more.
In this paper, the pain point that cold chain transportation urgently needs for an efficient disinfection method is pointed out. Thus, this work aims at solving the problems and improving the disinfection efficiency in cold chain transportation. While Ultraviolet-C (UVC) irradiation is an effective method by which to kill viruses, it is difficult to apply the commonly used UVC-LED disinfection light source to ice-covered cold chain transportation due to its uneven light field distribution. Thus, the light field regulation of UVC-LED disinfection for cold chain transportation is studied. A UVC-LED chip with a wavelength of 275 nm was used as a light source, and parallel light was obtained by collimating lenses. Then, microlens array homogenization technology was used to shape the UVC light into a uniform light spot, with an energy space uniformity rate of 96.4%. Moreover, a simulation was conducted to compare the effects of the ice layer on the absorption of UVC light. Finally, an experiment was carried out to verify that the disinfection efficiency can be increased nearly by 30% with the proposed system by disinfecting E. coli (Escherichia coli), and the results indicate that the proposed system is an effective disinfection solution during cold chain transportation. Full article
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A Data Transmission Method with Spectral Switches via Electroabsorption
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(3), 979; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12030979 - 18 Jan 2022
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In the past, the waveguide electroabsorption effect has generally been used as an intensity modulator for quasi-monochromatic light, such as lasers. Here, we study how this effect affects polychromatic light spectra. We find that for light with a Gaussian distribution spectrum, the spectral [...] Read more.
In the past, the waveguide electroabsorption effect has generally been used as an intensity modulator for quasi-monochromatic light, such as lasers. Here, we study how this effect affects polychromatic light spectra. We find that for light with a Gaussian distribution spectrum, the spectral peak shift (red shift or blue shift) can be controlled by the magnitude of the applied voltage, as long as the center wavelength and the spectral band are properly selected. This result can be used as a data transmission scheme at the integrated chip level or in free space. It may offer a good option for some other light sources, such as low-cost LED or ELED (edge emitting LED), with wider spectral bandwidths. Full article
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2021

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Assessment the Visual Clarity of the Projector in Classroom and Innovative Asymmetric Distribution LED Tube Applications
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(23), 11153; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112311153 - 24 Nov 2021
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The paper aims to explore the relationship between the vertical plane luminance on projection screens and human visual clarity in the classroom or meeting room. While controlling the lighting environment conditions of the classroom to create different luminous distributions and luminance on the [...] Read more.
The paper aims to explore the relationship between the vertical plane luminance on projection screens and human visual clarity in the classroom or meeting room. While controlling the lighting environment conditions of the classroom to create different luminous distributions and luminance on the projection screen, a survey is conducted to understand students’ visual experience about screen clarity during the field experiment. The luminance of each picture on the projection screen is measured under the specified lighting conditions of luminaires in the classroom, and the relationship is formulated between the average luminance on the projection screen and the visual satisfaction based on clarity of experience. This will be useful for further studying the acceptable threshold of luminance distribution in the classroom to provide a better visual clarity and lighting quality of projection screens while teaching. In this study, the measurement and performance evaluation on a projection screen were carried out at a classroom in the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST). By using an image luminance meter and analyzing the research results, we propose an improvement strategy for asymmetric luminous distribution design of LED light tube and light switch control mechanism of luminaires to resolve the inadequate luminance of the vertical projection screen area to improve the lighting quality and visual clarity of the projection screen while teaching with the least cost. Full article
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Training and Inference of Optical Neural Networks with Noise and Low-Bits Control
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(8), 3692; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11083692 - 20 Apr 2021
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Optical neural networks (ONNs) are getting more and more attention due to their advantages such as high-speed and low power consumption. However, in a non-ideal environment, the noise and low-bits control may heavily lead to a decrease in the accuracy of ONNs. Since [...] Read more.
Optical neural networks (ONNs) are getting more and more attention due to their advantages such as high-speed and low power consumption. However, in a non-ideal environment, the noise and low-bits control may heavily lead to a decrease in the accuracy of ONNs. Since there is AD/DA conversion in a simulated neural network, it needs to be quantified in the model. In this paper, we propose a quantitative method to adapt ONN to a non-ideal environment with fixed-point transmission, based on the new chip structure we designed previously. An MNIST hand-written data set was used to test and simulate the model we established. The experimental results showed that the quantization-noise model we established has a good performance, for which the accuracy was up to about 96%. Compared with the electrical method, the proposed quantization method can effectively solve the non-ideal ONN problem. Full article
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Two-Dimensional Digital Beam Steering Based on Liquid Crystal Phase Gratings
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(8), 3632; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11083632 - 17 Apr 2021
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Electrically tunable phase gratings are able to steer an incoming light beam without employing movable parts. Here, we present the design and implementation of a 2D beam steering device by cascading two orthogonal 1D liquid crystal (LC) based phase gratings, each having an [...] Read more.
Electrically tunable phase gratings are able to steer an incoming light beam without employing movable parts. Here, we present the design and implementation of a 2D beam steering device by cascading two orthogonal 1D liquid crystal (LC) based phase gratings, each having an array of 72 rectangular individually controlled pixels and driven by a custom 12-bit Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) electrical driver. High-resolution structures in glass wafers coated with transparent Indium-Tin Oxide (ITO) have been prepared using Direct Laser Writing (DLW) techniques. With DLW, a high number of pixels can easily be drawn with an interpixel space of less than 3 μm, leading to devices with a high fill factor. The active area of the cascaded device is 1.1 × 1.1 mm2. We present a 72 × 72 point efficiency map corresponding to a maximum diagonal steering angle of 1.65°. Special attention has been paid to make the device compatible with space application by avoiding electronics in the active area. Full article
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Design of a Cell Phone Lens-Based Miniature Microscope with Configurable Magnification Ratio
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(8), 3392; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11083392 - 09 Apr 2021
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Application of cell-phone-based microscopes has been hindered by limitations such as inferior image quality, fixed magnification and inconvenient operation. In this paper, we propose a reverse cell phone lens-based miniature microscope with a configurable magnification ratio. By switching the objectives of three camera [...] Read more.
Application of cell-phone-based microscopes has been hindered by limitations such as inferior image quality, fixed magnification and inconvenient operation. In this paper, we propose a reverse cell phone lens-based miniature microscope with a configurable magnification ratio. By switching the objectives of three camera lens and applying the digital zooming function of the cell phone, a cell phone microscope is built with the continuously configurable magnification ratio between 0.8×–11.5×. At the same time, the miniature microscope can capture high-quality microscopic images with a maximum resolution of up to 575 lp/mm and a maximum field of view (FOV) of up to 7213 × 5443 μm. Furthermore, by moving the tube lens module of the microscope out of the cell phone body, the built miniature microscope is as compact as a <20 mm side length cube, improving operational experience profoundly. The proposed scheme marks a big step forward in terms of the imaging performance and user operational convenience for cell phone microscopes. Full article
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Improvement for Convolutional Neural Networks in Image Classification Using Long Skip Connection
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(5), 2092; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11052092 - 26 Feb 2021
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In this paper, we examine and research the effect of long skip connection on convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for the tasks of image (surface defect) classification. The standard popular models only apply short skip connection inside blocks (layers with the same size). We [...] Read more.
In this paper, we examine and research the effect of long skip connection on convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for the tasks of image (surface defect) classification. The standard popular models only apply short skip connection inside blocks (layers with the same size). We apply the long version of residual connection on several proposed models, which aims to reuse the lost spatial knowledge from the layers close to input. For some models, Depthwise Separable Convolution is used rather than traditional convolution in order to reduce both count of parameters and floating-point operations per second (FLOPs). Comparative experiments of the newly upgraded models and some popular models have been carried out on different datasets including Bamboo strips datasets and a reduced version of ImageNet. The modified version of DenseNet 121 (we call MDenseNet 121) achieves higher validation accuracy while it has about 75% of weights and FLOPs in comparison to the original DenseNet 121. Full article
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Fabrication and Optical Characterization of Polymeric Aspherical Microlens Array Using Hot Embossing Technology
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(2), 882; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11020882 - 19 Jan 2021
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Hot embossing has been widely used in fabricating microlens arrays because of its low cost, high efficiency, and high quality. The process parameters such as molding temperature, molding pressure, and holding temperature affect the microlens array’s replication quality. This work selected the stainless [...] Read more.
Hot embossing has been widely used in fabricating microlens arrays because of its low cost, high efficiency, and high quality. The process parameters such as molding temperature, molding pressure, and holding temperature affect the microlens array’s replication quality. This work selected the stainless steel S136H tool steel as the mold material to process an aspheric microlens array structure through ultra-precision milling. Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microlens arrays with different surface replication were prepared by controlling the molding temperature, molding pressure, and holding temperature. By analyzing the surface quality, contour replication, and optical imaging of hot-embossed samples, the optimal molding temperature of PMMA for optimal replication of aspheric lens arrays was determined as 130 °C. Besides, the internal elastic recovery of PMMA affected the dimensional accuracy and optical performance of the lens. The results showed that, at the molding pressure of 400 N and the holding temperature of 60 °C, the surface defects were eliminated, and the aspheric lens array had perfect replication with a profile deviation of only 4 μm. The aspheric microlens array with good quality was eventually achieved by these optimal process parameters, which provides a foundation for producing aspheric microlens arrays in a low-cost and high-efficiency way. Full article
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2020

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Model-Based Design and Simulation of Paraxial Ray Optics Systems
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(22), 8278; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10228278 - 22 Nov 2020
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A model-based design allows representing complex, multi-domain systems as interconnected functional blocks, yielding graphical, intuitive information about the overall project, besides simplifying simulation. This work proposes using the modular approach as an optical engineering design and educational tool for developing paraxial ray optics [...] Read more.
A model-based design allows representing complex, multi-domain systems as interconnected functional blocks, yielding graphical, intuitive information about the overall project, besides simplifying simulation. This work proposes using the modular approach as an optical engineering design and educational tool for developing paraxial ray optics setups, providing further integration with mechatronics subsystems and control loops. An expanded version of the ABCD transfer matrix modeling is implemented in MATLAB Simulink environment to simultaneously perform ray tracing and dynamic simulations. The methodology is validated for different problems, including paraxial cloaking, transmission through a multimode optical fiber, a Fabry–Perot interferometer, and an optical pickup with automatic focus, yielding reliable results with prospective applications in optical engineering design and for creating virtual labs devoted to multiphysics and mechatronics engineering courses. Full article
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Optimization Design of the Spaceborne Connecting Structure for a Lightweight Space Camera
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(22), 8249; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10228249 - 20 Nov 2020
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For a lightweight space camera installed vertically with a satellite platform, due to the different conditions between ground and orbit, the relative deformation between the camera and the satellite platform results in a drift of the camera line of sight (LOS), which affects [...] Read more.
For a lightweight space camera installed vertically with a satellite platform, due to the different conditions between ground and orbit, the relative deformation between the camera and the satellite platform results in a drift of the camera line of sight (LOS), which affects the imaging quality. This paper proposed an optimization method for the spaceborne connecting structure considering the camera LOS drift. By using a variable density topology optimization method, the configuration of the connecting structure was obtained. Based on the configuration, the sensitivity of its size parameters to the system’s performance was analyzed. Analysis data showed that the size parameters have an obvious influence on the camera LOS shift. In order to obtain the optimal combination of size parameters, a multi-objective parametric optimization model was established. Finally, engineering analysis of the optimized structure showed that the system performances meet the design requirements of the satellite, and the lightweight ratio of the connecting structure reaches 54%. This study provides a reference for the design of other similar structures for space cameras. Full article
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Tunable non-Hermiticity in Coupled Photonic Crystal Cavities with Asymmetric Optical Gain
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(22), 8074; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10228074 - 14 Nov 2020
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We report a rationally designed coupled photonic crystal (PhC) cavity system that comprises two identical linear defect nanocavities, and we numerically investigate the controllable non-Hermitian optical properties of the eigenmodes of the nanocavities. Three different coupling schemes, namely, the tuning of the sizes [...] Read more.
We report a rationally designed coupled photonic crystal (PhC) cavity system that comprises two identical linear defect nanocavities, and we numerically investigate the controllable non-Hermitian optical properties of the eigenmodes of the nanocavities. Three different coupling schemes, namely, the tuning of the sizes of shared airholes, vertical shifting of one of the nanocavities, and lateral shifting of one of the nanocavities, are proposed. We examined the ability of these schemes to control the coupling strength between component cavities, which is a key factor that determines the non-Hermiticity of the system. Moreover, we introduce controlled levels of spatially asymmetric optical gain to the coupled PhC cavity by employing the vertical shifting scheme and independently tuning the gain and loss of individual nanocavities. Consequently, we successfully achieve the correspondingly tuned non-Hermitian behaviors of complex eigenfrequencies, such as the controlled emergence of phase transitions at exceptional points and the asymmetric development of amplified and decayed eigenmodes. Full article
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Thermo-Optic Numerical Research on Segmented Circular LD Arrays Side-Pumping a Nd:YAG Laser Rod
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(20), 7316; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10207316 - 19 Oct 2020
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The configuration designs of the laser diode (LD) side-pumping laser rods focus on how to solve the space conflict between the pump and heat-removal devices because both want to use the larger lateral surface of the laser rod. The conflict is better balanced [...] Read more.
The configuration designs of the laser diode (LD) side-pumping laser rods focus on how to solve the space conflict between the pump and heat-removal devices because both want to use the larger lateral surface of the laser rod. The conflict is better balanced in the three different side-pumping geometries: the segmented circular LD array side-pumping configuration, the annular liquid-cooling structure, and the compensated semicircular LD array side-pumping arrangement. The temperature distributions and thermo-optic effects of the laser rod in the segmented circular LD array side-pumping configuration are analyzed in contrast with those in the other arrangements. The numerical results indicate that the periodical segment-pumping scheme provides higher beam quality than the compensated semicircular side-pumping scheme, enabling removal of the complex liquid cooling system in medium-power applications, thus showing the potential to be used in compact and miniature laser systems. Full article
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Verification of an Accommodative Response for Depth Measurement of Floating Hologram Using a Holographic Optical Element
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(19), 6788; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196788 - 28 Sep 2020
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Floating holograms using holographic optical element screens differ from existing systems because they can float 2D images in the air and provide a sense of depth. Until now, the verification of such displays has been conducted only on the system implementation, and only [...] Read more.
Floating holograms using holographic optical element screens differ from existing systems because they can float 2D images in the air and provide a sense of depth. Until now, the verification of such displays has been conducted only on the system implementation, and only the diffraction efficiency and angle of view of the hologram have been verified. Although such displays can be directly observed with the human eye, the eye’s control ability has not been quantitatively verified. In this study, we verified that the focus of the observer coincided with the appropriate depth value determined with experiments. This was achieved by measuring the amount of control reaction from the perspective of the observer on the image of the floating hologram using a holographic optical element (HOE). An autorefractor was used, and we confirmed that an image with a sense of depth can be observed from the interaction of the observer’s focus and convergence on the 2D floating image using a HOE. Thus, the realization of content with a sense of depth of 2D projected images using a HOE in terms of human factors was quantitatively verified. Full article
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Automatic Shadow Detection for Multispectral Satellite Remote Sensing Images in Invariant Color Spaces
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(18), 6467; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10186467 - 17 Sep 2020
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Shadow often results in difficulties for subsequent image applications of multispectral satellite remote sensing images, like object recognition and change detection. With continuous improvement in both spatial and spectral resolutions of satellite remote sensing images, a more serious impact occurs on satellite remote [...] Read more.
Shadow often results in difficulties for subsequent image applications of multispectral satellite remote sensing images, like object recognition and change detection. With continuous improvement in both spatial and spectral resolutions of satellite remote sensing images, a more serious impact occurs on satellite remote sensing image interpretation due to the existence of shadow. Though various shadow detection methods have been developed, problems of both shadow omission and nonshadow misclassification still exist for detecting shadow well in high-resolution multispectral satellite remote sensing images. These shadow detection problems mainly include high small shadow omission and typical nonshadow misclassification (like bluish and greenish nonshadow misclassification, and large dark nonshadow misclassification). For further resolving these problems, a new shadow index is developed based on the analysis of the property difference between shadow and the corresponding nonshadow with several multispectral band components (i.e., near-infrared, red, green and blue components) and hue and intensity components in various invariant color spaces (i.e., HIS, HSV, CIELCh, YCbCr and YIQ), respectively. The shadow mask is further acquired by applying an optimal threshold determined automatically on the shadow index image. The final shadow image is further optimized with a definite morphological operation of opening and closing. The proposed algorithm is verified with many images from WorldView-3 and WorldView-2 acquired at different times and sites. The proposed algorithm performance is particularly evaluated by qualitative visual sense comparison and quantitative assessment of shadow detection results in comparative experiments with two WorldView-3 test images of Tripoli, Libya. Both the better visual sense and the higher overall accuracy (over 92% for the test image Tripoli-1 and approximately 91% for the test image Tripoli-2) of the experimental results together deliver the excellent performance and robustness of the proposed shadow detection approach for shadow detection of high-resolution multispectral satellite remote sensing images. The proposed shadow detection approach is promised to further alleviate typical shadow detection problems of high small shadow omission and typical nonshadow misclassification for high-resolution multispectral satellite remote sensing images. Full article
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A Design for a Manufacturing-Constrained Off-Axis Four-Mirror Reflective System
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(15), 5387; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10155387 - 04 Aug 2020
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Off-axis reflective optical systems find wide applications in various industries, but the related manufacturing issues have not been well considered in the design process. This paper proposed a design method for cylindrical reflective systems considering manufacturing constraints to facilitate ultra-precision raster milling. An [...] Read more.
Off-axis reflective optical systems find wide applications in various industries, but the related manufacturing issues have not been well considered in the design process. This paper proposed a design method for cylindrical reflective systems considering manufacturing constraints to facilitate ultra-precision raster milling. An appropriate index to evaluate manufacturing constraints is established. The optimization solution is implemented for the objective function composed of primary aberration coefficients with weights and constraint conditions of the structural configuration by introducing the genetic algorithm. The four-mirror initial structure with a good imaging quality and a special structural configuration is then obtained. The method’s feasibility is validated by designing an off-axis four-mirror afocal system with an entrance pupil diameter of 170 mm, a field of view of 3° × 3° and a compression ratio of five times. All mirrors in the system are designed to be distributed along a cylinder. Full article
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Modulation and Control Technology for Generating Movable Super-Diffraction Optical Needle by Oblique Incidence
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(15), 5237; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10155237 - 29 Jul 2020
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The movable super-diffraction optical needle (MSON) is a tightly focused beam like a “needle”, which can realize vector scanning on the focusing plane. Not only does it have a long focal depth, but its resolution also exceeds the diffraction limit. The modulation and [...] Read more.
The movable super-diffraction optical needle (MSON) is a tightly focused beam like a “needle”, which can realize vector scanning on the focusing plane. Not only does it have a long focal depth, but its resolution also exceeds the diffraction limit. The modulation and control technology required for generating MSON by oblique incidence is explored in this manuscript for the purpose of processing high-aspect-ratio, sub-wavelength structures. As the optical needle generated by traditional methods is static and sensitive to variation of the angle information of the incident beam, here we introduce a confocal scanning system by using a two-dimensional galvanometer system, a scan lens, and a tube lens to control the oblique incidence angle. The effects of the oblique incidence angle on the resolution, depth of focus, uniformity, and side lobes of the MSON were analyzed. Further, the voltage-controlled liquid crystal located between the scan lens and the 2D galvanometer system can be used to compensate for the additional phase difference caused by oblique incidence. The aspect ratio is defined as the ratio of depth of focus to resolution. By modulating and controlling the light field, the MSON with high aspect ratio (7.36), sub-diffractive beam size (0.42λ), and long depth of focus (3.09λ) has been obtained with homogeneous intensity, and suppressed side lobes. High speed, high axial positioning tolerance, and high-resolution laser processing can also be achieved, which removes the restrictions presented by traditional laser processing technology, for which high resolution and long depth of focus cannot be achieved simultaneously. Full article
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High-Power Broadband Frequency Chirped Intensity-Modulated Single-Frequency 1064-nm Laser
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(13), 4450; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10134450 - 28 Jun 2020
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Optical carried microwave radar (OCMR), combining the advantages of lidar and microwave radar, uses an intensity-modulated laser beam as the medium to detect the distance and velocity of objects. In order to achieve a high ranging resolution at long distance, a high-power frequency [...] Read more.
Optical carried microwave radar (OCMR), combining the advantages of lidar and microwave radar, uses an intensity-modulated laser beam as the medium to detect the distance and velocity of objects. In order to achieve a high ranging resolution at long distance, a high-power frequency chirped intensity-modulated light source at a 1064-nm wavelength was developed. A low-power narrow-linewidth 1064-nm laser beam was input to a Mach-Zehnder electro-optic modulator (EOM), and the frequency of the EOM was tuned from 10 MHz to 2.1 GHz. The output from the EOM was coupled to a laser-diode-pumped ytterbium-doped fiber amplifier (YDFA). A maximum output power of 29.5 W was achieved from the YDFA. We measured the frequency characteristics of the modulated laser beams before and after amplification, respectively. The amplification process did not bring any obvious degeneration of the modulation in terms of the bandwidth, frequency stability, chirping linearity, and modulation depth. Our research presents a new approach of obtaining a high-power broad-band intensity-modulated light source for OCMR. Full article
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Design and Evaluation of Uniform LED Illumination Based on Double Linear Fresnel Lenses
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(9), 3257; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10093257 - 07 May 2020
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Redistribution of LED radiation in lighting is necessary in many applications. In this article, we propose a new optical component design for LED lighting to achieve a higher performance. The design consists of a commercial collimator and two linear Fresnel lenses. The LED [...] Read more.
Redistribution of LED radiation in lighting is necessary in many applications. In this article, we propose a new optical component design for LED lighting to achieve a higher performance. The design consists of a commercial collimator and two linear Fresnel lenses. The LED radiation is collimated by a collimator and redistributed by double linear Fresnel lenses to create a square-shaped, uniform distribution. The linear Fresnel lenses design is based on Snell’s law and the “edge-ray principle”. The optical devices are made from poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) using a high-speed computer numerical control (CNC) machine. The LED prototypes with complementary optics were measured, and the optical intensity distribution was evaluated. The numerical results showed we obtained a free-form lens that produced an illumination uniformity of 78% with an efficiency of 77%. We used the developed LED light sources for field experiments in agricultural lighting. The figures of these tests showed positive effects with control flowering criteria and advantages of harvested products in comparison with the conventional LED sources. This allows our approach in this paper to be considered as an alternative candidate for highly efficient and energy-saving LED lighting applications. Full article
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A Displacement Measuring Interferometer Based on a Frequency-Locked Laser Diode with High Modulation Frequency
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(8), 2693; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10082693 - 13 Apr 2020
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Laser interferometers can achieve a nanometer-order uncertainty of measurements when their frequencies are locked to the reference frequencies of the atom or molecule transitions. There are three types of displacement-measuring interferometers: homodyne, heterodyne, and frequency modulation (FM) interferometers. Among these types of interferometer, [...] Read more.
Laser interferometers can achieve a nanometer-order uncertainty of measurements when their frequencies are locked to the reference frequencies of the atom or molecule transitions. There are three types of displacement-measuring interferometers: homodyne, heterodyne, and frequency modulation (FM) interferometers. Among these types of interferometer, the FM interferometer has many advantageous features. The interference signal is a series of time-dependent harmonics of modulation frequency, so the phase shift can be detected accurately using the synchronous detection method. Moreover, the FM interferometer is the most suitable for combination with a frequency-locked laser because both require frequency modulation. In previous research, low modulation frequencies at some tens of kHz have been used to lock the frequency of laser diodes (LDs). The low modulation frequency for the laser source means that the maximum measurement speed of the FM interferometers is limited. This paper proposes a novel contribution regarding the application of a high-frequency modulation for an LD to improve both the frequency stability of the laser source and the measurement speed of the FM interferometer. The frequency of the LD was locked to an I2 hyperfine component at 1 MHz modulation frequency. A high bandwidth lock-in amplifier was utilized to detect the saturated absorption signals of the I2 hyperfine structure and induce the signal to lock the frequency of the LD. The locked LD was then used for an FM displacement measuring interferometer. Moreover, a suitable modulation amplitude that affected the signal-to-noise ratio of both the I2 absorption signal and the harmonic intensity of the interference signal was determined. In order to verify the measurement resolution of the proposed interferometer, the displacement induced by a piezo electric actuator was concurrently measured by the interferometer and a capacitive sensor. The difference of the displacement results was less than 20 nm. To evaluate the measurement speed, the interferometer was used to measure the axial error of a high-speed spindle at 500 rpm. The main conclusion of this study is that a stable displacement interferometer with high accuracy and a high measurement speed can be achieved using an LD frequency locked to an I2 hyperfine transition at a high modulation frequency. Full article
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Optical Design of a Miniaturized Airborne Push-Broom Spectrometer
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 2627; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10072627 - 10 Apr 2020
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Combining the requirements of spectrometers for unmanned aerial vehicle platforms, a miniaturized airborne wide-angle push-broom imaging spectrometer with an Offner configuration is designed. The system comprises an objective lens and an Offner-type spectrometer with a spectral range of 400~1000 nm and a spectral [...] Read more.
Combining the requirements of spectrometers for unmanned aerial vehicle platforms, a miniaturized airborne wide-angle push-broom imaging spectrometer with an Offner configuration is designed. The system comprises an objective lens and an Offner-type spectrometer with a spectral range of 400~1000 nm and a spectral resolution of 15 nm. The objective lens and Offner spectrometer are designed in isolation before integration. The front objective lens is an inverted telephoto with a focal length of 13 mm, a relative aperture of 1/4.5, and a field of view of 54°. The frequency of the convex grating in the Offner configuration is 102 LP/mm, and the dispersion width is 2.6 mm. The modulation transfer function of the integrated system is greater than 0.4 at the Nyquist frequency in all spectral bands. To estimate the volume and weight of the system, a preliminary optical–mechanical design scheme is given in this paper. The entire spectrometer has a volume of 130 × 80 × 120 mm and is less than 3 kg, which realizes the miniaturization design of the imaging spectrometer with a wide field of view for unmanned aerial vehicle platforms. Full article
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Microscope 3D Point Spread Function Evaluation Method on a Confirmed Object Plane Perpendicular to the Optical Axis
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 2430; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10072430 - 02 Apr 2020
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A point spread function evaluation method for a microscope on the object plane that is perpendicular to the optical axis is proposed. The measurement of the incident beam direction from the dual position-sensitive-detector (PSD)-based units, the determination of the object plane perpendicularity and [...] Read more.
A point spread function evaluation method for a microscope on the object plane that is perpendicular to the optical axis is proposed. The measurement of the incident beam direction from the dual position-sensitive-detector (PSD)-based units, the determination of the object plane perpendicularity and the paraxial region, and evaluation methods for the point spread function (PSF) are presented and integrated into the proposed method. The experimental verification demonstrates that the proposed method can achieve a 3D PSF on the perpendicular object plane, as well as magnification, paraxial region evaluation, and confirmation for any microscopic system. Full article
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Non-Rotationally Symmetric Field Mapping for Back-Scanned Step/Stare Imaging System
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 2399; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10072399 - 01 Apr 2020
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Step/stare imaging with focal plane arrays (FPAs) has become the main approach to achieve wide area coverage and high resolution imaging for long range targets. A fast steering mirror (FSM) is usually utilized to provide back-scanned motion to compensate for the image motion. [...] Read more.
Step/stare imaging with focal plane arrays (FPAs) has become the main approach to achieve wide area coverage and high resolution imaging for long range targets. A fast steering mirror (FSM) is usually utilized to provide back-scanned motion to compensate for the image motion. However, the traditional optical design can just hold one field point relatively stable, typically the central or on-axis field point, on the FPA during back-scanning; all other field points may wander during the exposure due to imaging distortion characteristics of the optical system, which reduces the signal to noise ratio (SNR) of the target. Aiming toward this problem, this paper proposes a non-rotationally symmetric field mapping method for the back-scanned step/stare imaging system, which can make all field points stable on the FPA during back-scanning. First of all, the mathematical model of non-rotationally symmetric field mapping between object space and image space is established. Then, a back-scanned step/stare imaging system based on the model is designed, in which this non-rotationally symmetric mapping can be implemented with an afocal telescope including freeform lenses. Freeform lenses can produce an anamorphic aberration to adjust distortion characteristics of the optical system to control image wander on an FPA. Furthermore, the simulations verify the effectiveness of the method. Full article
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A Method for the Installation Measurement and Alignment of a Mirror Unit in the Solar Dish Concentrator
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 1511; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10041511 - 23 Feb 2020
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The mirror unit installation error of the solar parabolic dish concentrator can adversely affect its optical performance causing optical intercept losses and hot spots on the absorber surface, which in turn affect safety. Thus, minimizing mirror installation error is considered very important. In [...] Read more.
The mirror unit installation error of the solar parabolic dish concentrator can adversely affect its optical performance causing optical intercept losses and hot spots on the absorber surface, which in turn affect safety. Thus, minimizing mirror installation error is considered very important. In this paper, a new method for the facet installation measurement and facet alignment of the mirror unit in the dish concentrator is presented. Firstly, a “clean” facet installation error measurement method using photogrammetry is presented. The photogrammetry measures the spatial coordinates of three feature points to reverse the mirror facet alignment error parameters. Next, two novel methods, a three-rotation alignment method and two-rotation alignment method for aligning the mirror facet are presented and corresponding mathematical models. The advantage of these alignment methods is that the adjustment value and order for each support bolt can be determined before the mirror facet is aligned, which could provide quantitative adjustment information to operator and avoid repeated adjustments. Finally, validity of the installation measurement and facet alignment method was verified by a numerical simulation and an experiment using a metal facet alignment. The presented methods do not rely on the geometry of the reflector mirror and could therefore have extensive uses in applications such solar tower and trough concentrator. Full article
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Side-Scan Sonar Image Fusion Based on Sum-Modified Laplacian Energy Filtering and Improved Dual-Channel Impulse Neural Network
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(3), 1028; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10031028 - 04 Feb 2020
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The operation mode of a single strip provides incomplete side-scan sonar image in a specific environment and range, resulting in the overlapping area between adjacent strips often with imperfect detection information or inaccurate target contour. In this paper, a sum-modified Laplacian energy filtering [...] Read more.
The operation mode of a single strip provides incomplete side-scan sonar image in a specific environment and range, resulting in the overlapping area between adjacent strips often with imperfect detection information or inaccurate target contour. In this paper, a sum-modified Laplacian energy filtering (SMLF) and improved dual-channel pulse coupled neural network (IDPCNN) are proposed for image fusion of side-scan sonar in the domain of nonsubsampled contourlet transform (NSCT). Among them, SMLF energy is applied to extract the fusion coefficients of the low frequency sub-band, which combines the characteristics of energy information, human visual contrast, and guided filtering to eliminate the pseudo contour effect of block flow. In addition, the IDPCNN model, which utilizes the average gradient, soft limit function, and novel sum-modified Laplacian (NSML) to adaptively represent the corresponding excitation parameters, is applied to improve the depth and activity of pulse ignition, so as to quickly and accurately select the image coefficients of the high frequency sub-band. The experimental results show that the proposed method displays fine geomorphic information and clear target contour in the overlapping area of adjacent strips. The objective index values are generally optimal, which reflect the information of image edge, clarity, and overall similarity. Full article
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Calibration of Large-Scale Spatial Positioning Systems Based on Photoelectric Scanning Angle Measurements and Spatial Resection in Conjunction with an External Receiver Array
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(3), 925; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10030925 - 31 Jan 2020
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Positioning systems providing high-precision real-time measurements over very large spatial scales are urgently required for large-scale industrial manufacturing applications. While large-scale positioning systems (LSPSs) employing laser transmitter stations have been employed in engineering practice, the introduction of an LSPS into an existing industrial [...] Read more.
Positioning systems providing high-precision real-time measurements over very large spatial scales are urgently required for large-scale industrial manufacturing applications. While large-scale positioning systems (LSPSs) employing laser transmitter stations have been employed in engineering practice, the introduction of an LSPS into an existing industrial manufacturing setting must first solve the problems of docking with existing control points and external parameter calibration. However, calibrating the external parameters of a measurement system is very difficult under extreme and complicated working conditions due to the limited visibility of transmitter stations and the measurement distances involved. This problem is addressed in this paper by proposing a single transmitter station calibration method based on a photoelectric scanning multi-angle resection positioning model that combines photoelectric scanning angle measurements and spatial resection in conjunction with an external receiver array. Positioning information is obtained by solving the unknown parameters of the model according to a nonlinear optimization approach using the Levenberg–Marquardt least-squares fitting algorithm. The feasibility and spatial positioning accuracy of the proposed method are verified experimentally. The experimental results demonstrate that the principles of the proposed method are correct, and the method can achieve millimeter measurement accuracy, which meets the requirements of measurement tasks in engineering applications. Full article
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Design of Wide Angle and Large Aperture Optical System with Inner Focus for Compact System Camera Applications
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 179; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10010179 - 25 Dec 2019
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Conventionally, a bright, very wide-angle optical system is designed as a floating type optical system that moves two or more lens groups composed of multiple lens in order to focus accurately. These have been widely used as phase detection auto focus (AF) methods [...] Read more.
Conventionally, a bright, very wide-angle optical system is designed as a floating type optical system that moves two or more lens groups composed of multiple lens in order to focus accurately. These have been widely used as phase detection auto focus (AF) methods within conventional digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. However, a phase detection AF optical system cannot be used when recording motion pictures. In contrast, a compact system camera (CSC) performs AF by the contrast method, where a stepper motor is used as the driving source for moving the optical lens. Nonetheless, to ensure that the focusing lens is lighter, these stepper motors should not have high torque and AF must be possible by moving only one lens. Yet, when focusing is performed with only one lens, aberration change due to focusing lens movement is magnified. Therefore, a very wide-angle optical system comprised of a half-angle of view more than 40 degrees and F of 1/4 has not been developed. Here, a very wide-angle optical system was designed with high resolving power that enables high speed AF, even in contrast mode, by moving only one lens while minimizing aberration change. Full article
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A Three-Dimensional Tracking Method with the Self-Calibration Functions of Coaxiality and Magnification for Single Fluorescent Nanoparticles
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10010131 - 23 Dec 2019
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A self-calibrating variable magnification three-dimensional (3D) tracking system for single fluorescent nanoparticles is proposed. The system was based on astigmatic micro-imaging and has a simple configuration incorporating a dual-spot position detection unit ray transfer matrix. By analyzing this matrix and utilizing the beam [...] Read more.
A self-calibrating variable magnification three-dimensional (3D) tracking system for single fluorescent nanoparticles is proposed. The system was based on astigmatic micro-imaging and has a simple configuration incorporating a dual-spot position detection unit ray transfer matrix. By analyzing this matrix and utilizing the beam vector measurement of a dual-spot position detection unit, it was demonstrated that the proposed tracking system had the self-calibration functions of coaxiality and magnification; thus, it could accurately track the adopted fluorescent nanoparticles through zoom microscopical measurements in 3D. The available measurements of the proposed system and accuracy were experimentally validated. Full article
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Double-Sided Freeform Lens for Light Collimation of Light Emitting Diodes
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(24), 5452; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9245452 - 12 Dec 2019
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A double-sided freeform lens is proposed for collimating light emitted from light emitting diodes (LEDs). The surface profiles of the lens are mathematically characterized and precisely determined based on a point-source assumption and differential geometry theory. The proposed lens design method is straightforward, [...] Read more.
A double-sided freeform lens is proposed for collimating light emitted from light emitting diodes (LEDs). The surface profiles of the lens are mathematically characterized and precisely determined based on a point-source assumption and differential geometry theory. The proposed lens design method is straightforward, flexible, and effective. Moreover, the optical performance of the lens can be intuitively adjusted by tuning just a small number of design parameters. The simulation results showed that the proposed lens achieved an excellent collimating effect for a commercial ultraviolet (UV) LED. A prototype lens is fabricated in UV-grade poly(methyl methacrylate) material using a standard injection molding process. The light collimating effect of the lens/UV-LED assembly was measured experimentally and was shown to be in good agreement with the simulation results. The collimating angle at the half-energy level was equal to 1.88°. The performance of the UV-LED is thus comparable to that of conventional lithography UV light sources based on mercury arc lamps. Consequently, the proposed double freeform lens showed significant potential for photolithography applications within the industry. Full article
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Analysis of Dynamic Modulation Transfer Function for Complex Image Motion
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(23), 5142; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9235142 - 27 Nov 2019
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In remote-sensing imaging, the modulation transfer function (MTF) for image motion relevant to the mixing of multiple forms of motions is hard to calculate because of the complicated image motion expression. In this paper, a new method for calculating the MTF for complex [...] Read more.
In remote-sensing imaging, the modulation transfer function (MTF) for image motion relevant to the mixing of multiple forms of motions is hard to calculate because of the complicated image motion expression. In this paper, a new method for calculating the MTF for complex image motion is proposed. The presented method makes it possible to obtain an analytical MTF expression derived from the mixing of linear motion and sinusoidal motion at an arbitrary frequency. On this basis, we used the summation of infinitely many terms involving the Bessel function to simplify the MTF expression. The truncation error obtained by the use of finite order sum approximations instead of infinite sums is investigated in detail. In order to verify the MTF calculation method, we proposed a simulation method to calculate the variation of MTF in an actual optical system caused by image motion. The mean value of the relative error between the calculation method and the simulation method is less than 5%. The experimental results are consistent with the MTF curve calculated by our method. Full article
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Silica-Based Sol-Gel Coating with High Transmission at 1053 and 527 nm and Absorption at 351 nm for Frequency-Converting Crystals in High-Power Laser System
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(23), 5038; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9235038 - 22 Nov 2019
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A high-power laser system is employed to drive the fusion ignition to realize sustainable supply of green energy according to the inertial confinement fusion theory, in which frequency-converting crystals are sealed in the terminal vacuum chamber and utilized to turn the incident laser [...] Read more.
A high-power laser system is employed to drive the fusion ignition to realize sustainable supply of green energy according to the inertial confinement fusion theory, in which frequency-converting crystals are sealed in the terminal vacuum chamber and utilized to turn the incident laser (1053 nm) to the desired one (351 nm). However, the reflected 351 nm laser from the pellet hohlraum that goes back through the frequency-converting crystal is found to be harmful for the upstream elements that are located before the terminal chamber. In this study, a specialized coating system for the frequency-converting crystals was designed and fabricated to both ensure high output power for the fusion and reduce the reflected 351 nm laser energy by absorption. Furthermore, the structural, mechanical, and laser-damage resistant properties of this coating were investigated as well. Full article
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Self-Injection Locking of a Distributed Feedback Laser Diode Using a High-Finesse Fabry-Perot Microcavity
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(21), 4616; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9214616 - 30 Oct 2019
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Optical microcavities have been widely used in nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and laser technologies. Here we demonstrate the self-injection locking of a distributed feedback diode laser using home-made high-finesse Fabry-Perot microcavity. The Fabry-Perot microcavity is fabricated from an x-cut lithium niobate crystal with [...] Read more.
Optical microcavities have been widely used in nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and laser technologies. Here we demonstrate the self-injection locking of a distributed feedback diode laser using home-made high-finesse Fabry-Perot microcavity. The Fabry-Perot microcavity is fabricated from an x-cut lithium niobate crystal with highly reflective coatings. Frequency pulling effect can be observed for a successful locking, and results in a single-longitudinal mode lasing with narrow linewidth. The lasing wavelength and output power are found robust to the laser-diode current and temperature variations, in comparison to the free-running case. We further characterize the laser linewidth with beat note measurement with a high-performance external cavity diode laser, with beat-note linewidth of 601.85 kHz. This results shows a new method for laser frequency stabilization in a simple setup, and may find applications in telecommunication and spectroscopy. Full article
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Optical Design of an LED Lighting Source for Fluorescence Microscopes
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(21), 4574; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9214574 - 28 Oct 2019
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In this study, we reveal an LED light source model applied in fluorescence microscopes. This optical model is composed of a confocal total internal reflection lens array system (CTLAS) with a nine-LED array. The CTLAS optical system that we designed consists of a [...] Read more.
In this study, we reveal an LED light source model applied in fluorescence microscopes. This optical model is composed of a confocal total internal reflection lens array system (CTLAS) with a nine-LED array. The CTLAS optical system that we designed consists of a total internal reflection (TIR) lens array and a confocal system. The electrical power of the nine-LED array is 7.9 watts, which is lower than traditional light sources, such as the original 120-watt halogen lamps used in fluorescence microscopes (Zeiss, Axio Imager 2). We have successfully applied the CTLAS system to an Axio Imager 2 fluorescence microscope to observe the vascular bundle organization, modified with Cy3 fluorescence molecules, and have found that in the process of system assembly, the fabrication errors of optical lenses could have a critical effect on the CTLAS system. The results of our experiment show that, in order to achieve the same illuminance as that of the halogen lamp, the displacement error tolerances of the lateral x-axis and the longitudinal z-axis must be controlled within 1.3 mm and 1.7 mm, respectively. Full article
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Imaging Correlography Using Ptychography
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(20), 4377; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9204377 - 16 Oct 2019
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Imaging correlography, an effective method for long-distance imaging, recovers an object using only the knowledge of the Fourier modulus, without needing phase information. It is not sensitive to atmospheric turbulence or optical imperfections. However, the unreliability of traditional phase retrieval algorithms in imaging [...] Read more.
Imaging correlography, an effective method for long-distance imaging, recovers an object using only the knowledge of the Fourier modulus, without needing phase information. It is not sensitive to atmospheric turbulence or optical imperfections. However, the unreliability of traditional phase retrieval algorithms in imaging correlography has hindered their development. In this work, we join imaging correlography and ptychography together to overcome such obstacles. Instead of detecting the whole object, the object is measured part-by-part with a probe moving in a ptychographic way. A flexible optimization framework is proposed to reconstruct the object rapidly and reliably within a few iterations. In addition, novel image space denoising regularization is plugged into the loss function to reduce the effects of input noise and improve the perceptual quality of the recovered image. Experiments demonstrate that four-fold resolution gains are achievable for the proposed imaging method. We can obtain satisfactory results for both visual and quantitative metrics with one-sixth of the measurements in the conventional imaging correlography. Therefore, the proposed imaging technique is more suitable for long-range practical applications. Full article
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Research on Polarization and Phase Fading Compensation in Michelson Interferometer Based on 3 × 3 Coupler and Novel Probe with Built-in Faraday Rotator
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(19), 4173; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9194173 - 05 Oct 2019
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A self-designed probe and a feedback control scheme based on the Michelson interferometer with a 3 × 3 fiber coupler are proposed. A 45° Faraday rotator is built into the self-designed probe, and a feedback control scheme is used to judge the direction [...] Read more.
A self-designed probe and a feedback control scheme based on the Michelson interferometer with a 3 × 3 fiber coupler are proposed. A 45° Faraday rotator is built into the self-designed probe, and a feedback control scheme is used to judge the direction of increase or decrease for the phase compensation, so as to solve the problems of polarization and phase fading. In addition, a result-normalized method is applied in a micro-vibration measurement experiment. The experimental interferometer system achieves a high frequency of 1 MHz micro-vibration. The normalized results keep stable with a maximum deviation from the mean of 1.9% when the power of light reflected back into the self-designed probe is altered. Applied research is carried out by detecting the displacement due to a photoacoustic wave. Therefore, the experimental interferometer system is available for the practical application of micro-displacement measurements, noncontact high-frequency detection, and point-by-point image scanning in biological tissue. Full article
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Method to Remove Tilt-to-Length Coupling Caused by Interference of Flat-Top Beam and Gaussian Beam
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(19), 4112; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9194112 - 01 Oct 2019
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Abstract
We discuss the tilt-to-length (TTL) coupling noise caused by interference between a flat-top beam and a Gaussian beam. Several physical models are presented to research the effects of non-diffracted and diffracted beams on TTL noise. A special case that can remove TTL coupling [...] Read more.
We discuss the tilt-to-length (TTL) coupling noise caused by interference between a flat-top beam and a Gaussian beam. Several physical models are presented to research the effects of non-diffracted and diffracted beams on TTL noise. A special case that can remove TTL coupling noise is discovered and is verified via both theoretical analysis and numerical simulations. The proposed case could provide desirable suggestions for the construction of high-precision interferometers such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), Taiji program, or other interferometry systems. Full article
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