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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2000
  • pp: 2074–2080

Generalized formulation and symmetry properties of reciprocal nonabsorbing polarization devices: application to liquid-crystal displays

Carlos R. Fernández-Pousa, Ignacio Moreno, Noureddine Bennis, and Carlos Gómez-Reino  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 11, pp. 2074-2080 (2000)

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We present a general formulation based on the Jones-matrix theory for reciprocal nonabsorbing polarization devices, including polarization interference filters and liquid-crystal displays. The development of this formulation is based on general symmetry conditions that relate the Jones matrix when the device is illuminated from the front side and from the back side. The application to liquid-crystal displays results in a constraint of the Jones-matrix elements, which represents a generalization of the existing models that explain their modulation properties.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: November 2, 1999
Revised Manuscript: June 30, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: June 30, 2000
Published: November 1, 2000

Carlos R. Fernández-Pousa, Ignacio Moreno, Noureddine Bennis, and Carlos Gómez-Reino, "Generalized formulation and symmetry properties of reciprocal nonabsorbing polarization devices: application to liquid-crystal displays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 2074-2080 (2000)

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