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Laser beam apodizer utilizing gradient-index optical effects in cholesteric liquid crystals
Author(s): Jae-Cheul Lee; Stephen D. Jacobs; K. J. Skerrett
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Paper Abstract

The fabrication of laser beam apodizers (or soft apertures) with large clear apertures using cholesteric liquid crystals is described. A soft edge profile is achieved by filling a cell with two separate cholesteric liquid crystal mixtures with different selective reflection bands. The fluidlike property of liquid crystals allows them to mix at the interface. In this overlap region, the reflectivity changes as a function of position. This concept is applied to the fabrication of two devices: (1 ) a one-dimensional beam apodizer with a clear aperture that can be mechanically adjusted by sliding two complementary devices relative to each other and (2) a circular beam apodizer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 30(3) doi: 10.1117/12.55802
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 30, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Jae-Cheul Lee, Daewoo Heavy Industries, Ltd. (South Korea)
Stephen D. Jacobs, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
K. J. Skerrett

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