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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2011
  • pp: 509–518

Reducing the diffraction artifacts while implementing a phase function on a spatial light modulator

Céline Benoît-Pasanau, François Goudail, Pierre Chavel, Jean-Paul Cano, and Jérôme Ballet  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 4, pp. 509-518 (2011)

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Spatial light modulators are often used to implement phase modulation. Since they are pixelated, the phase function is usually approximated by a regularly sampled piecewise constant function, and the periodicity of the pixel sampling generates annoying diffraction peaks. We theoretically investigate two pixelation techniques: the isophase method and a new nonperiodic method derived from the Voronoi tessellation technique. We show that, for a suitable choice of parameters, the diffraction peaks disappear and are replaced by a smoothly varying halo. We illustrate the potential of these two techniques for implementing a lens function and wavefront correction.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: September 10, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2010
Published: January 27, 2011

Céline Benoît-Pasanau, François Goudail, Pierre Chavel, Jean-Paul Cano, and Jérôme Ballet, "Reducing the diffraction artifacts while implementing a phase function on a spatial light modulator," Appl. Opt. 50, 509-518 (2011)

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