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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3785–3791

Polarization selective computer-generated holograms realized in glass by femtosecond laser induced nanogratings

Wenjian Cai, Ariel R. Libertun, and Rafael Piestun  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 9, pp. 3785-3791 (2006)

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We demonstrate polarization selective computer-generated holograms (PSCGH) for visible light operation fabricated in glass by a femtosecond laser. For this purpose we create arrays of tailored micro-waveplates by controlling the laser formation of nanogratings embedded in fused silica. A birefringent cell-oriented encoding method adapted to the characteristics of the physical writing process is proposed and implemented. According to this method, each cell contains a micro-waveplate with controlled phase retardation and orientation. A detour of each micro-waveplate, combined with the orientation of its principal optical axis, simultaneously realizes a different phase function for each polarization. PSCGH’s are attractive for integration with other free-space and guided-wave devices embedded in glass.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

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Original Manuscript: January 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2006
Published: May 1, 2006

Wenjian Cai, Ariel R. Libertun, and Rafael Piestun, "Polarization selective computer-generated holograms realized in glass by femtosecond laser induced nanogratings," Opt. Express 14, 3785-3791 (2006)

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