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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Dr. Cyril Bourgenot

Young, Laura, Robertson, David, Love, Gordon, Girkin, John, Cowie, Euan, Bourgenot, Cyril & Courtial, Johannes (2017), Design, manufacture, and evaluation of prototype telescope windows for use in low-vision aids, in Davis, Arthur J. Hahlweg, Cornelius F. & Mulley, Joseph R. eds, Proceedings of SPIE 10376: Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XX. San Diego, California, SPIE, Bellingham, Washington, 103760I.

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Pixellated Optics, a class of optical devices which preserve phase front continuity only over small sub areas of the device, allow for a range of uses that would not otherwise be possible. One potential use is as Low Vision Aids (LVAs), where they are hoped to combine the function and performance of existing devices with the size and comfort of conventional eyewear. For these devices a Generalised Confocal Lenslet Array (GCLA) is designed to magnify object space, creating the effect of traditional refracting telescope within a thin, planar device. By creating a device that is appreciably thinner than existing LVA telescopes it is hoped that the comfort for the wearer will be increased. We have developed a series of prototype GLCA-based devices to examine their real-world performance, focussing on the resolution, magnification and clarity of image attainable through the devices. It is hoped that these will form the basis for a future LVA devices. This development has required novel manufacturing techniques and a phased development approach centred on maximising performance. Presented here will be an overview of the development so far, alongside the performance of the latest devices.