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Nonmechanical programmable image rotator with Glan-Thompson prism
Author(s): Jingyi Xiong; Friso Schlottau; Youzhi Li; Kelvin Wagner
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Paper Abstract

We present a non-mechanical, dynamically programmable, all-optical image rotator, which can rotate an input image to any angle or a grid given by 360°/2n, where n is the number of stages. The image rotator uses cascaded stages in which each stage rotates the image by an angle given by half the previous stage. Each stage uses an Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal (FLC) polarization switch to select between a straight through path and a deflected path with an odd number of bounces, that when rotated to an angle, operates as an image rotating prism. An FLC is used for each stage to choose the polarization and therefore whether to rotate the image or not. By switching the FLC director orientation by 45 for each stage, images can be rotated to an arbitrary angle at a speed of several KHz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5557, Optical Information Systems II, (22 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.557988
Show Author Affiliations
Jingyi Xiong, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Friso Schlottau, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Youzhi Li, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Kelvin Wagner, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5557:
Optical Information Systems II
Bahram Javidi; Demetri Psaltis, Editor(s)

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