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May 24, 2015
Penn researchers develop liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes
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The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses work together to provide sophisticated information without the need for a sophisticated brain. Human artifice can only begin to approximate these naturally self-assembled structures, and, even then, they require painstaking manufacturing techniques. Now, engineers and physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have shown how liquid crystals can be employed to create compound lenses simi ... read more

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Desirable defects
"Generally, flaws are the last thing you'd want in a liquid crystal", explains Giuseppe D'Adamo, postdoctoral fellow at SISSA. "However, this new method allows us to exploit the defects in the mater ... more
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