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Complete polarization control of light from a liquid crystal spatial light modulator.
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PMID:  22274360     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We present a method to generate complete arbitrary spatially variant polarization modulation of a light beam by means of a parallel aligned nematic liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM). We first analyze the polarization modulation properties in a transmission mode. We encode diffraction gratings onto the SLM and show how to achieve partial polarization control of the zero order transmitted light. We then extend the technique to a double modulation scheme, which is implemented using a single SLM divided in two areas in a reflective configuration. The polarization states of the transmitted beam from the first pass through the first area are rotated using two passes through a quarter wave plate. The beam then passes through the second area of the SLM where additional polarization information can be encoded. By combining previously reported techniques, we can achieve complete amplitude, phase and polarization control for the diffracted light that allows the creation of arbitrary diffractive optical elements including polarization control. Theoretical analysis based on the Jones matrix formalism, as well as excellent experimental results are presented.
Ignacio Moreno; Jeffrey A Davis; Travis M Hernandez; Don M Cottrell; David Sand
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Optics express     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1094-4087     ISO Abbreviation:  Opt Express     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-01-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101137103     Medline TA:  Opt Express     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  364-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
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