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Appl Opt. 1991 Nov 10;30(32):4605-9. doi: 10.1364/AO.30.004605.

Programmable liquid-crystal TV spatial light modulator: modified drive electronics to improve device performance for spatial-light-modulation operation.


Liquid crystal television (LCTV) continues to play a useful role as a spatial light modulator in the development and evaluation of systems for optical image processing. We outline new addressing electronics developed for a commercially available LCTV that permit writing to individual pixels at an improved display up-date rate and allow the input video signal to cover a much greater transmittance range of the TV display for black and white pixels. We illustrate this by measuring the diffraction efficiency for gratings written onto the display. For vertical gratings written along the display columns the diffraction efficiency is increased significantly, but there is no improvement for horizontal gratings. Some merits of the modified LCTV modulator for optical processing applications are considered briefly.

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