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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Jun. 12, 2006
  • pp: 5607–5616

Phase-only modulation with a twisted nematic liquid crystal display by means of equi-azimuth polarization states

V. Durán, J. Lancis, E. Tajahuerce, and M. Fernández-Alonso  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 5607-5616 (2006)

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The capability of a twisted nematic liquid crystal display to generate a set of equi-azimuth polarization states is used to achieve a phaseonly modulation regime. For this purpose, a liquid crystal display followed by a quarter-wave plate is launched between two polarizers. Theoretical support is provided by means of the Jones matrix calculus and the Poincaré sphere representation. Laboratory results for a commercial liquid crystal display are presented. A phase modulation deep of 270° is obtained at 514 nm with a residual intensity variation which is lower than 2.5 %.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: April 6, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2006
Published: June 12, 2006

V. Durán, J. Lancis, E. Tajahuerce, and M. Fernández-Alonso, "Phase-only modulation with a twisted nematic liquid crystal display by means of equi-azimuth polarization states," Opt. Express 14, 5607-5616 (2006)

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