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Optical Engineering

Implementation and characterization of a flexure-beam micromechanical spatial light modulator
Author(s): Tseng-Hwang Lin
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Paper Abstract

A phase-only spatial light modulator is a highly efficient component for the filter plane of a real-time correlator. Implementation using flexure-beam micromechanical devices offers many advantages, such as high reflectivity and a high frame rate. However, extra effort is required to ensure high optical efficiency and low parasitic noise. This paper reports on the Texas Instruments implementation of a limited-addressability flexure-beam device that has a fill factor up to 74.3% and provides a dc shield for the analog signal on the mirror. It requires 30 V to modulate the 2π phase modulation of a 633-nm wavelength using an optical-bench setup. The rise and fall times are approximately 3.5 and 2.5 μs, respectively, at π modulation of 546 nm using an interlerometric microscope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(11) doi: 10.1117/12.181578
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 11
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Tseng-Hwang Lin, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)

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