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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1955–1957

Full-range, complex spatial light modulator for real-time holography

Stephan Reichelt, Ralf Häussler, Gerald Fütterer, Norbert Leister, Hiromi Kato, Naru Usukura, and Yuuichi Kanbayashi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 11, pp. 1955-1957 (2012)

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We demonstrate a full-range complex and transmissive spatial light modulator (SLM) for simultaneous and independent amplitude and phase modulation of an input wave field. Arbitrary scalar complex optical fields are generated by stacking a pixelated liquid crystal display operating in phase-only (2π) modulation with passive polarization-sensitive components. The principle is based on optical combining the light fields of two neighboring phase-only modulating pixels, which were made orthogonally polarized by a structured half-wave plate, then passing through a birefringent plate to laterally shift one of the beams collinear to the other, and finally bringing to interference by a linear polarizer. Complex modulation by the proposed SLM is experimentally verified in monochrome green operation.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2870) Holography : Holographic display
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(090.5694) Holography : Real-time holography

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Original Manuscript: December 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2012
Published: May 25, 2012

Stephan Reichelt, Ralf Häussler, Gerald Fütterer, Norbert Leister, Hiromi Kato, Naru Usukura, and Yuuichi Kanbayashi, "Full-range, complex spatial light modulator for real-time holography," Opt. Lett. 37, 1955-1957 (2012)

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