Image: Dr Lu (left) with student Jiong Yang, with the lens on screen.
Original Published Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2016

Researchers at The Australian National University, supported by ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) funding, have created the world's thinnest lens—one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair—opening the door to flexible computer displays and a revolution in miniature cameras. The 6.3-nanometre lens outshines previous ultra-thin flat lenses, made from 50-nanometre thick gold nano-bar arrays, known as a metamaterial. Lead researcher, ARC DECRA recipient Dr Yuerui (Larry) Lu, said the discovery hinged on the remarkable potential of the molybdenum disulphide. "This type of material is the perfect candidate for future flexible displays," said Dr Lu. "We will also be able to use arrays of micro lenses to mimic the compound eyes of insects."

Media issued by The Australian National University.

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Image credit: Stuart Hay, ANU.