We consider the use of a ferroelectric liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (FLC SLM) to control the transmittance of a telescope pupil to compensate for the effects of scintillation. Our aim here is to prove the necessary and physically interesting result that it is possible to control the intensity of light by use of FLC SLM without inducing further phase aberrations. Furthermore, we show that system errors have only a small effect on the phase of the transmitted beam.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 15, 1996
Published: September 15, 1996
Gordon D. Love and James Gourlay, "Intensity-only modulation for atmospheric scintillation correction by liquid-crystal spatial light modulators," Opt. Lett. 21, 1496-1498 (1996)