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The digital laser: on-demand laser modes with the click of a button
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we will outline our recent advances in all-digital control of light. Importantly, we will outline how to create a so-called “digital laser”, where a conventional laser mirror is replaced with a phase-only spatial light modulator. This allows the mirror properties to be dynamically changed by altering only the image sent to the device: on-demand laser modes. We demonstrate a myriad of laser beams that can be created from the same device without any realignment or additional custom optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8960, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI, 89601K (4 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2048372
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A. Forbes, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)
Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
S. Ngcobo, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)
Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
L. Burger, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)
I. A. Litvin, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8960:
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko; Lutz Aschke; Kunihiko Washio, Editor(s)

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