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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 6640–6649

Switchable holographic image splitter fabricated with dye-doped liquid crystals

Wei-Chia Su, Wen-Bin Hung, and Hsuan-Yi Hsiao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 6640-6649 (2013)

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Two electrically controllable holographic polarization gratings are spatially multiplexed to serve as an image splitter for further stereogram application. An external AC voltage is used to modulate the diffraction efficiency of the fabricated holographic image splitter for the switching of a 3D stereogram and a 2D plane image. The polarization grating was generated by two writing beams with orthogonal circular-polarization state in dye-doped liquid crystal films. With proper experimental arrangements, a quasi single order diffraction was obtained and the other non-zero order diffractions were suppressed in this presented polarization grating. This characteristic leads to a good image contrast ratio for a stereogram. Finally, a switchable stereogram system using circular-polarization beam as backlighting was demonstrated successfully.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

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Original Manuscript: February 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2013
Published: March 8, 2013

Wei-Chia Su, Wen-Bin Hung, and Hsuan-Yi Hsiao, "Switchable holographic image splitter fabricated with dye-doped liquid crystals," Opt. Express 21, 6640-6649 (2013)

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