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The effect of spatial light modulator (SLM) dependent dispersion on spatial beam shaping
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Paper Abstract

SLMs used for spatial modulation of lasers are often used in conjunction with very narrow bandwidth laser light where diffractive dispersion could be approximated as a constant. It is known that diffractive dispersion is inversely proportional to wavelength and this effect can be compensated for depending on the optical set-up. SLMs use birefringent liquid crystal (LC) pixels each with an adjustable refractive index at a specific polarization. The range of the adjustable refractive index is wavelength dependent. This adds an additional SLM dependent dispersion. Note that we distinguish between diffractive dispersion and SLM dependent dispersion. SLMs are therefore calibrated in order to have linearly adjustable phase retardation of light incident on the pixels between zero and two pi for a specific wavelength. It is therefore unavoidable when using the same SLM, to do beam shaping of a source which emits multiple wavelengths or a wide bandwidth, that the device will not modulate all wavelengths between zero and two pi. We numerically and experimentally investigate the effect of SLM dependent dispersion on spatial modulation of light incident on a 2D SLM. We further discuss why it is possible to modulate multiple wavelengths between zero and two pi despite SLM dependent dispersion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8843, Laser Beam Shaping XIV, 884308 (28 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023286
Show Author Affiliations
Dirk-Mathys Spangenberg, Stellenbosch Univ. (South Africa)
Angela Dudley, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Pieter Neethling, Stellenbosch Univ. (South Africa)
Andrew Forbes, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Erich Rohwer, Stellenbosch Univ. (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8843:
Laser Beam Shaping XIV
Andrew Forbes; Todd E. Lizotte, Editor(s)

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