Post doc (collaboration MMN/THALES – 12 months (minimum))

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"Active optical lenses based on microfluidics"

Today, there is a strong interest for increasing the capacities of vision of pilots,
drivers or astronauts, by adding optical functionalities imaging sensors. In this
domain, there exist bottlenecks challenging to meet, among which the question
of integrating optical elements that would allow, at all times, to adapt focal lenses
to the optics of the embarked cameras, without substantially increasing the
weight or the volume. Additional difficulties are related to the range of short focal
lenses that must be matched.

The goal of the project is to propose and evaluate an active lens solution based
on microfluidics. The idea is to use microfluidic systems, incorporating arrays of
membranes, with pressure controlled deflections. Such a system has the
capacity to focus light under fine control, while working in the appropriate range
of focal lengths.

The objective, in the first 12 months period, will be to investigate the capabilities
of such an approach, and eventually obtain a proof of concept based on a simple
device. The work is based on a close collaboration between Thales and MMN.
The work will be carried out mainly in MMN/IPGG, taking advantage of the
facilities and known-how developed locally. Optical calculations will be carried
out with the Thales Research and Technology team.

The role of Thales Research and Technology (TRT) is to extend the influence
of Thales within the scientific and technical communities, offering a platform for
innovation and knowledge sharing in order to obtain increasingly sophisticated
technologies for critical systems.

Highly motivated candidates are encouraged from the present to send an
application including a CV and a letter of motivation. Applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.

The candidate should directly contact :
Laboratoire MMN, Institut Pierre Gilles de Gennes pour la microfluidique,
75005 Paris, France

10 Rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris