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Optically addressed liquid crystal light valves for adaptive control of amplitude and phase of laser beam
Author(s): Brigitte Loiseaux; Jean-Pierre Huignard; Jean-Christophe Chanteloup; Arnold Migus; Gerard A. Mourou
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Paper Abstract

Space aberration effects which arise in high energy or in high average power laser chains are important parameters to control in order to emit a beam quality close to the diffraction limit. For that purpose we present recent experiments using an original adaptive and programmable module allowing the spatial control of the beam amplitude and the correction of the phase distortions due to the optical components and the gain media of the laser chain. Beam shaping is achieved by an optically addressed photoconductor-liquid crystal light valve. The light valve is addressed in the blue-green spectral range by incoherent projection of a VGA liquid crystal display. This adaptive optics module controls either the amplitude or the phase of near infrared laser beams depending on the liquid crystal operating mode. The other specific characteristics of the module will be detailed: no spurious diffraction effects, up to 10(pi) phase excursion and tri-lateral wavefront sensor. Experimental results of compensation of aberrations introduced on different laser beams will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3297, Liquid Crystal Materials, Devices, and Applications VI, (1 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304544
Show Author Affiliations
Brigitte Loiseaux, Thomson-CSF (France)
Jean-Pierre Huignard, Thomson-CSF (France)
Jean-Christophe Chanteloup, Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Arnold Migus, Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Gerard A. Mourou, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3297:
Liquid Crystal Materials, Devices, and Applications VI
Ranganathan Shashidhar, Editor(s)

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