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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 21 — Oct. 21, 2013
  • pp: 24809–24818

Modal liquid crystal array of optical elements

J. F. Algorri, G. D. Love, and V. Urruchi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 21, pp. 24809-24818 (2013)

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In this study, a novel liquid crystal array based on modal control principle is proposed and demonstrated. The advanced device comprises a six striped electrode structure that forms a configurable 2D matrix of optical elements. A simulation program based on the Frank-Oseen equations and modal control theory has been developed to predict the device electrooptic response, that is, voltage distribution, interference pattern and unwrapped phase. A low-power electronics circuit, that generates complex waveforms, has been built for driving the device. A combined variation of the waveform amplitude and phase has provided a high tuning versatility to the device. Thus, the simulations have demonstrated the generation of a liquid crystal prism array with tunable slope. The proposed device has also been configured as an axicon array. Test measurements have allowed us to demonstrate that electrooptic responses, simulated and empirical, are fairly in agreement.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: August 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2013
Published: October 9, 2013

J. F. Algorri, G. D. Love, and V. Urruchi, "Modal liquid crystal array of optical elements," Opt. Express 21, 24809-24818 (2013)

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