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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Vol. 19, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2002
  • pp: 2301–2312

Multispectrum, spatially addressable polarization interference filter

Salman Saeed and Philip J. Bos  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 2301-2312 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.19.002301


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Abstract

We review current synthesis techniques for generating and improving birefringent filters. The relationship between wave-plate orientation and the resulting spectral output is shown to be that of a simple Fourier transform. By using this relationship and starting from the fan Solc configuration, we easily generated plate orientations providing lower sidelobe levels and improved finesse. We outline a method by which filters can be constructed to provide from 0 to 100% of the desired passband in a continuous fashion. Such a filter can be stacked to allow rapid control of any number of passbands and is shown, as an example in a novel design employing super-twisted nematic liquid crystal elements, to control a maximum of three color bands.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(330.6110) Vision, color, and visual optics : Spatial filtering
(350.2460) Other areas of optics : Filters, interference

History
Original Manuscript: February 19, 2002
Revised Manuscript: June 5, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2002
Published: November 1, 2002

Citation
Salman Saeed and Philip J. Bos, "Multispectrum, spatially addressable polarization interference filter," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 2301-2312 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-19-11-2301

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