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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2005
  • pp: 4049–4052

Polarization-multiplexed diffractive optical elements with liquid-crystal displays

Jeffrey A. Davis, Garrett H. Evans, and Ignacio Moreno  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 19, pp. 4049-4052 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.004049


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Abstract

We show experimental results for programmable polarization multiplexing of diffractive optical elements (DOEs) onto two liquid-crystal displays (LCDs). The first LCD encodes the two multiplexed phase-only diffractive optical elements. The second LCD acts as a pixelated polarization rotator to change the polarization state for each of these two DOEs. Although the system requires precise alignment, the DOE’s and polarization angles are fully programmable.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(100.5090) Image processing : Phase-only filters
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2004
Revised Manuscript: February 7, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: February 12, 2005
Published: July 1, 2005

Citation
Jeffrey A. Davis, Garrett H. Evans, and Ignacio Moreno, "Polarization-multiplexed diffractive optical elements with liquid-crystal displays," Appl. Opt. 44, 4049-4052 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-19-4049


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