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Voltage controlled adaptive holographic interferometer using liquid crystals
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Paper Abstract

Adaptive interferometers based on dynamic holography within a nonlinear medium allow to precisely measuring phase modulations in noisy environments. Thanks to its adaptive behavior, the hologram follows slow external perturbations cancelling the low frequency phase mismatches between the two arms of the interferometer, while it appears static at high frequencies, hence, converting phase into intensity modulation. As a holographic medium, we use a liquid crystal light valve combining a photoconductor with a liquid crystal layer. The effective refractive index and, thus, the phase shift, depend both on the incident optical intensity and the bias voltage. By characterizing the response of the light valve, we show that low frequency noise can be filtered out within a voltage-controlled frequency bandwidth. This feature can be useful for applications where the signal of interest is limited by external noise such as temperature fluctuations and/or vibrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9004, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies IX, 90040J (19 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2039436
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A. Peigné, Thales Underwater Systems (France)
Institut Non Linéaire de Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
U. Bortolozzo, Institut Non Linéaire de Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
S. Residori, Institut Non Linéaire de Nice Sophia Antipolis, CNRS, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
S. Molin, Thales Research and Technology (France)
D. Dolfi, Thales Research and Technology (France)
J.-P. Huignard, Jphopto (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9004:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies IX
Liang-Chy Chien; Antonio M. Figueiredo Neto; Kristiaan Neyts; Masanori Ozaki, Editor(s)

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