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ORA Announces Design Contest Winners

Photonics.com
Aug 2008
Optical software maker Optical Research Associates (ORA) of Pasadena, Calif., announced it has selected the winners of its annual Student Optical Design Competition. The annual awards, which total $4000, are presented to students in North America working toward undergraduate or graduate degrees and who use the company's Code V or LightTools software to perform research in some area of optical design or engineering. Top awards were presented to Quan Wang and Chia-Yu Chen, PhD candidates at Stanford University, for their research into zoom lenses for cell phone cameras; and Rob Bates, who is pursuing a master's at the University of Arizona, for his project "200 Years in One Design: Landscape Lens to Modern Compact Camera." Also receiving awards were Ramzi Zahreddine, an undergraduate at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, for his design of a laser beam shaping system using spherical GRIN polymer lenses; and Xinye Lou, a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics, for his wide field of view head-mounted display for virtual reality.



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A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
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