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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2008
  • pp: 2829–2834

High diffraction efficiency from one- and two-dimensional Nyquist frequency binary-phase gratings

Jeffrey A. Davis, Brian A. Slovick, C. Stewart Tuvey, and Don M. Cottrell  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 15, pp. 2829-2834 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.002829


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Abstract

We examine the diffraction properties of one- and two-dimensional binary-phase gratings encoded onto pixelated liquid crystal displays (LCDs). We find that the first-order diffracted intensity from these binary-phase patterns can reach 100% of the zero-order intensity when the period of the grating approaches the Nyquist limit of the LCD. Experimental results show excellent agreement with theoretical predictions. This is a surprising result that has a number of implications for the encoding of diffractive optical elements.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: December 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2008
Published: May 14, 2008

Citation
Jeffrey A. Davis, Brian A. Slovick, C. Stewart Tuvey, and Don M. Cottrell, "High diffraction efficiency from one- and two-dimensional Nyquist frequency binary-phase gratings," Appl. Opt. 47, 2829-2834 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-15-2829

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