We present results of experiments that use nematic-phase liquid crystal as a real-time holographic recording medium. Plane-wave gratings were written with as little as 10 mJ/cm2 of incident write-beam energy from a pulsed Nd:YAG laser, and diffraction efficiencies greater than 25% were measured at 633 nm. Grating decay times were observed to fall within two distinct time regimes: a rapid-decay time of 60 to 100 µsec and a slower-decay time of 6 to 30 msec. The rapid-decay regime was used to demonstrate real-time correction of severely aberrated images by degenerate four-wave mixing.
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Chris Karaguleff and George L. Clark, "Optical aberration correction by real-time holography in liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 15, 820-822 (1990)