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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2009
  • pp: 5834–5841

Elimination of a zero-order beam induced by a pixelated spatial light modulator for holographic projection

Hao Zhang, Jinghui Xie, Juan Liu, and Yongtian Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 30, pp. 5834-5841 (2009)

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A technique is proposed theoretically and verified experimentally to eliminate a zero-order beam caused by a pixelated phase-only spatial light modulator (SLM) for holographic projection. The formulas for determination of the optical field in the Fourier plane are deduced, and the influence of the pixelated structure of a SLM on the intensity of the zero-order beam is numerically investigated. Two currently existing techniques are studied and a new one is presented. These three techniques are used separately to eliminate the zero-order interruption, and the optical performances of the reconstructed patterns are compared. The new technique results in higher reconstruction quality and diffraction efficiency. A short animated movie is illuminated for holographic projection display. The experimental results show that the zero-order beam can be efficiently eliminated by the new technique. It is believed that this technique can be used in various optical systems that are based on pixelated phase-only SLMs, such as holographic optical tweezers and optical testing systems.

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(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(090.2870) Holography : Holographic display

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Original Manuscript: June 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2009
Published: October 16, 2009

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