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Conversion of an 84-×48-pixel mobile phone display to a liquid crystal spatial light modulator
Author(s): M. K. Sheeja; Ajith Kumar; Faizal N. Saidalavi; Achuthsankar S. Nair
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Paper Abstract

A cost-effective and reliable liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) system is developed for light modulation and holographic recording of variable data in photopolymer material. It is made by reverse engineering a mobile phone with a liquid crystal display (LCD) of resolution 84×48 pixels. The SLM is based on a detached LCD panel with drivers, a personal computer system, an interface to provide data, and the software for uploading data. The SLM works well in the transmissive mode, and the transmitted laser beam is modulated according to the electronic data input to the panel from a personal computer. The SLM is implemented with good transmission efficiency and image contrast for holographic data recording and related experiments, and is observed as a very cost-effective option for light modulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2008
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 47(2) 025801 doi: 10.1117/1.2844877
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 47, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
M. K. Sheeja, Ctr. for Development of Imaging Technology (India)
Ajith Kumar, Light Logics Holography and Optics PVT Ltd. (India)
Faizal N. Saidalavi, Cochin Univ. of Science & Technology (India)
Achuthsankar S. Nair, Kerala Univ. (India)

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