Thermal Wavefront Shaping For Advanced Microscopy

Universities and Institutes of France


October 13, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: Institut de la Vision
  • Research Field: Physics
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1) Recognised Researcher (R2) Established Researcher (R3) Leading Researcher (R4)
  • Application Deadline: 13/10/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › paris
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • We recently demonstrated a new design and concept for tunable microlenses and wavefront shaping Berto et al, Nature Photonics, 2019. Our approach, coined as Smartlens, uses microscale, thermally-induced modifications of the optical phase: a micro-resistor locally changes the temperature distribution in a polymer, which induces local changes of the refractive index (this temperature dependence of the index is well known to induce mirages). With a resistor of well-designed shape, the electrically controlled heating can modify and shape the wavefront. Importantly, they can be arranged in matrices to obtain arrays of electrically-driven lenses, and we have shown that several planes inside a 3D sample can thus be projected to form a single camera image of planes located at various, chosen depths. These systems hold a strong applicative potential as they are compact, relatively achromatic, polarization-insensitive, and can be mass-fabricated.

    Far from being limited to simple lenses, they can also create more complex shapes, called freeform. To this aim, resistor wires are designed to provide complex shapes to e.g. correct optical aberrations. However, the devices we have designed so far are limited to a single shape and function: if they correct e.g. astigmatism, they do not address any other aberrations (spherical, etc.). In this PhD project, we propose to create and apply reconfigurable lenses or aberration correctors, which will allow the system to dynamically adapt to a chosen set of corrections. A single Smartlens will correct astigmatism, spherical, or other freeform deformations, as chosen by the user. This will provide entirely novel, agile and electrically-driven freeform lenses with a potential to deeply impact the field of photonics (e.g. adaptive optics, 3D displays…). This project will be carried out within the photonics department of the Institut de la Vision, in close collaboration with ETH Zürich, where Smartlens fabrication will be carried out. In the context of the high-level neuroscience studies carried out at Institut de la Vision, one of the priorities will be the development of a refocusable endoscope with embedded aberration/image corrections to image deep inside living tissues.

    Funding category: Autre financement public


    PHD Country: France

    Offer Requirements Specific Requirements

    Taste and experience in instrumental optics. Skills in optical modelling/microfabrication/biology are appreciated but not mandatory.

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  • Organisation/Company: Institut de la Vision
  • Organisation Type: Public Research Institution
  • Country: France
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