We demonstrate a new optical element consisting of a phase mask made of a nonlinear material. The element uses the nonlinearity to produce an intensity-dependent lens that controls its imaging properties. We demonstrate this element by optically controlling the imaging of an array produced by a diffractive spot generator in direct contact with a thin semiconductor-doped glass slab. The image at 632.8 nm is controlled by 514.5-nm light from an argon-ion laser.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 6, 1996
Published: August 1, 1996
S. D. Vartak and N. M. Lawandy, "Optically controlled imaging phase mask element," Opt. Lett. 21, 1198-1200 (1996)