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Birefringence in strained multiple quantum wells for high-contrast spatial light modulators (SLMs)
Author(s): Hui Wang; Wenli Huang; Faquir C. Jain
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes novel multiple quantum well optical modulators in which the optical modulation is achieved by field dependent birefringence in strained MQW layers. The modulator operates under normal incidence. In our study, field dependent birefringence is obtained by straining the MQW layers using Surface Acoustic Waves. Computations of refractive index change, absorption coefficient and contrast ratio are presented. The devices are being fabricated using lattice matched InGaAsP/InGaAsP layers on InP substrates. The polarization-sensitive birefringent spatial light modulators are different from conventional multiple quantum well SLMs and self electro-optical devices which generally utilize electro- absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3159, Algorithms, Devices, and Systems for Optical Information Processing, (24 October 1997);
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Hui Wang, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Wenli Huang, Bucknell Univ. (United States)
Faquir C. Jain, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3159:
Algorithms, Devices, and Systems for Optical Information Processing
Bahram Javidi; Demetri Psaltis, Editor(s)

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