Spectral and temporal response of liquid-crystal-on-silicon spatial light modulators

Author(s): Martin Bock, Susanta Kumar Das, Ruediger Grunwald, Stefan Osten, Peter Staudt and Gero Stibenz

Abstract:

“Spectral and temporal phase response of selected types of liquid-crystal-on-silicon spatial light modulators were studied using femtosecond pulses, determining specific transfer functions of the devices. The phase response resulting from programed gray level distributions was detected by analyzing the diffraction characteristics and by spectral phase interferometry for direct electric-field reconstruction. The results indicate the appearance of distinct parameter ranges that enable minimum spatiotemporal distortion. Weak oscillations in the spectral phase are explained by Gires–Tournois resonances [F. Gires and P. Tournois, Acad. Sci. Paris, C. R. 258, 6112 (1964)].”

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Publication: Applied Physics Letters
Issue/Year: Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 151105 (2008)
DOI: 10.1063/1.2909115

Optical tweezers of programmable shape with transverse scattering forces

Author(s): Alexander Jesacher, Christian Maurer, Severin Fuerhapter, Andreas Schwaighofer, Stefan Bernet, Monika Ritsch-Marte

Abstract:

“We propose a non-holographic method to create line traps of arbitrary shape in the sample plane. Setting the phase gradient along theses lines gives control over the transverse forces acting on the confined particles. Phase structures, displayed on a spatial light modulator, are optically processed by a spiral phase filter and imaged onto the object plane of a microscope objective. The resulting bright line structures can be used to trap microparticles. Additionally, they exert transverse scattering forces, which can be exploited for inducing orbital motions or for creating “attracting” or “repelling” points, respectively. We give theoretical and experimental evidence that these scattering forces are proportional to the curvature of the line tweezers.”

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Publication:Optics Communications
Issue/Year: Optics Communications, Volume 281, Issue 8, 15 April 2008, Pages 2207-2212
DOI: 10.1016/j.optcom.2007.12.042