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Simplified optimum phase-only configuration for a TNLCD
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We propose and implement simplifications to the optimum configuration of a twisted-nematic liquid-crystal display (TNLCD) operating as a phase modulator. As previously proposed, such an optimum configuration requires a generator of elliptic polarization, at the input, and a detector of elliptic polarization, at the output. Both the generator and the detector of elliptic polarization are formed by a quarter wave plate and a linear polarizer, appropriately arranged. As a first modification of the optimum phase configuration we removed the quarter-wave plate at the output of the TNLCD. The remaining components, two polarizers and a wave plate are arranged and oriented in such a way that the quality of phase modulation is very similar to that obtained with the arrange using two wave plates. This modification reduces complexity and cost of the mostly-phase setup arranged with the TNLCD. Our experimental implementation of the modified phase configuration employed a laser with a wavelength of 457 nm. As another modification of the setup, instead of a quarter-wave plate, optimized at 457 nm, we employed a half-wave plate optimized at 633 nm. The required elliptic state at the input of the TNLCD was generated by the appropriate arrangement of the linear polarizer and the wave plate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5556, Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing VI, (4 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.559859
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Rodrigo Ponce, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
Alfonso Serrano-Heredia, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
Victor M. Arrizon, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5556:
Photonic Devices and Algorithms for Computing VI
Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Abdul Ahad S. Awwal, Editor(s)

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