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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2005
  • pp: 3992–3999

Optical rotatory-dispersion-type spatial light modulator and characteristics of the modulated light

Mikio Muro and Yoshiaki Takatani  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 19, pp. 3992-3999 (2005)

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Among known temporal–spatial light modulation methods, there is no realistic method that can precisely control a light pulse simultaneously in the temporal and spatial domains. By careful consideration of the symmetries and topological properties of electromagnetic waves, a novel spatial light modulator has been developed to create different far-field patterns for each wavelength of linearly polarized light composed of various wavelength components. The system consists of an optical rotatory dispersion device, which is like a Faraday rotator, and a spatial light modulator with parallel-alignment nematic liquid-crystal cells. Numerical simulation results show the effectiveness of this new spatial light modulation method.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.2240) Optical devices : Faraday effect
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

Original Manuscript: August 30, 2004
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2005
Published: July 1, 2005

Mikio Muro and Yoshiaki Takatani, "Optical rotatory-dispersion-type spatial light modulator and characteristics of the modulated light," Appl. Opt. 44, 3992-3999 (2005)

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