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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 23 — Aug. 10, 1998
  • pp: 5461–5468

Design and Characterization of a Liquid-Crystal Spatial Light Modulator for a Polarization-Insensitive Optical Space Switch

Patrick Berthelé, Bruno Fracasso, and Jean-Louis de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 23, pp. 5461-5468 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.005461


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Abstract

We report preliminary results concerning a free-space optical switch between single-mode fibers with a ferroelectric liquid-crystal (FLC) spatial light modulator (SLM). In particular, we show experimentally that such a device can operate in a polarization-insensitive manner. The influence of the geometrical and physical features of the FLC SLM on the overall performance of the optical fiber switch are also discussed.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(070.6110) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial filtering
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

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Patrick Berthelé, Bruno Fracasso, and Jean-Louis de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye, "Design and Characterization of a Liquid-Crystal Spatial Light Modulator for a Polarization-Insensitive Optical Space Switch," Appl. Opt. 37, 5461-5468 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-23-5461

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