Reducing the light scattering impact in liquid-crystal-based imaging systems

Appl Opt. 2020 Jun 1;59(16):4780-4789. doi: 10.1364/AO.394289.


We show an experimental method of quantifying the effect of light scattering by liquid crystals (LCs) and then apply rather simple image processing algorithms (Wiener deconvolution and contrast-limited adaptive histogram equalization) to improve the quality of obtained images when using electrically tunable LC lenses (TLCLs). Better contrast and color reproduction have been achieved. We think that this approach will allow the use of thicker LC cells and thus increase the maximum achievable optical power of the TLCL without a noticeable reduction of image quality. This eliminates one of the key limitations for their use in various adaptive imaging applications requiring larger apertures.