All-Optical Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulators

Nelson Tabiryan, Vladimir Grozhik, Iam Choon Khoo, Sarik Nersisyan, Svetlana Serak

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Nonlinear optical processes in liquid crystals (LC) can be used for construction of all-optical spatial light modulators (SLM) where the photosensitivity and phase modulating functions are integrated into a single layer of an LC-material. Such spatial light integrated modulators (SLIMs) cost only a fraction of the conventional LC-SLM and can be used with high power laser radiation due to high transparency of LC materials and absence of light absorbing electrodes on the substrates of the LC-cell constituting the SLIM. Recent development of LC materials the photosensitivity of which is comparable to that of semiconductors has led to using SLIM in schemes of optical anti-jamming, sensor protection, and image processing. All-optical processes add remarkable versatility to the operation of SLIM harnessing the wealth inherent to light-matter interaction phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2003
EventAdvanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2003Aug 7 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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