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Programmable diffractive optics using liquid crystal media
Author(s): Mark T. Gruneisen; Raymond C. Dymale; James R. Rotge; Donald L. Lubin
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Paper Abstract

Programmable diffractive optics utilizing a high-resolution liquid-crystal phase modulator is demonstrated as a versatile technique for wide-dynamic-range, two-dimensional wavefront control. A high-resolution phase modulator system introduces modulo-2π phase modulation and operates with 307,200 independently addressable elements, 100% fill factor and total optical efficiencies of up to 93%. Demonstrations include beam steering, large aberration compensation, and near-diffraction-limited imaging and beam directing in a telescope system with large defocus and off-axis aberrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5003, Liquid Crystal Materials, Devices, and Applications IX, (30 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.502727
Show Author Affiliations
Mark T. Gruneisen, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Raymond C. Dymale, The Boeing Co. (United States)
James R. Rotge, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Donald L. Lubin, The Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5003:
Liquid Crystal Materials, Devices, and Applications IX
Liang-Chy Chien, Editor(s)

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