We present a nonvolatile optically addressed spatial light modulator for use in optical processing and projection systems. The device utilizes the spatial nonvolatile switching of a ferroelectric liquid crystal addressed through a photoconducting medium. One obtains an analog representation similar to halftone printing by threshold switching of micro-optically modified pixel intensity profiles. An experimental demonstration of the device is described, together with qualitative and theoretical interpretation of the results.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 8, 1996
Published: October 1, 1996
Michael G. Robinson and Craig Tombling, "Analog nonvolatile optically addressed spatial light modulator," Opt. Lett. 21, 1588-1590 (1996)