A spatial light phase modulator with an effective resolution of 4 mega-pixels

Daryl Preece, Eric Yao, Graham Gibson, Richard Bowman, Jonathan Leach, Miles Padgett

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We report the design, construction and characterization of a 4 mega-pixel, optically-addressed, spatial light modulator (OSLM). The intensity distribution corresponding to a kinoform is displayed across two wide-screen liquid crystal on silicon displays, the images of which are combined and relayed to the address face of a 40 mm aperture OSLM. This spatially varying intensity profile is converted into a phase hologram on the readout side of the OSLM. When illuminated at 532 nm we measure a first-order diffraction efficiency of 50% at 400 line pairs and 20% at 900 line pairs. We show that aberration associated with the non-flatness of the device can be corrected within software by modification of the hologram.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2945-2951
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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