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Advances in modal liquid crystals
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we review progress towards making a liquid crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM) which has all the desired specifications required for (astronomical) adaptive optics (AO). Our work at Durham is currently focused on developing modal LCs, as they have some key advantages over conventional LC-SLMs. A modal LC-SLM is a device whose optical properties more closely resemble a deformable facesheet mirror than a conventional LC-SLM which are pixelated. Therefore they have a Gaussian, rather than a piston-only, influence function.

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Date Published: 11 December 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5162, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications, (11 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.511950
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Andrew K. Kirby, Univ. of Durham (United Kingdom)
Gordon D. Love, Univ. of Durham (United Kingdom)
Alexander F. Naumov, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Svetlana Kotova, P.N. Lededev Physical Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5162:
Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications
John D. Gonglewski; Mikhail A. Vorontsov; Mark T. Gruneisen, Editor(s)

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