Patent Number: 6,297,913

Title: Zoom lens system

Abstract: A compact zoom lens system having four injection-molded singlet lens elements is described. In one embodiment, the compact zoom lens system includes a lens carrier and first and second lens elements coupled to the lens carrier. One surface of the first or second lens elements having a diffractive optical surface disposed thereon to correct chromatic aberrations of light passing therethrough. The lens carrier moves the first and second lens elements axially to change a focal length of the lens system. Third and fourth lens elements are fixed on either side of the first and second lens elements. The lens carrier includes an aperture stop placed proximate to the diffractive optical surface to correct chromatic aberrations over an entire range of focal lengths. The first lens element is made out of flint-like material while the other lens elements are made out of crown-like material. Moreover, the zoom lens system includes an anti-aliasing surface on one of the lens elements to control aliasing effects. A plurality of light suppression elements are provided to suppress stray light paths from scattering across a detector array of the zoom lens system.

Inventors: Hasenauer; David M. (Monrovia, CA), Broome; Barry G. (Carlsbad, CA), Koch; Donald G. (Burbank, CA)

Assignee: Intel Corporation

International Classification: G02B 15/163 (20060101); G02B 015/14 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018