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Materials 2009, 2(2), 549-561; doi:10.3390/ma2020549

Impact of Liquid Crystals in Active and Adaptive Optics

Departamento de Física Aplicada (Área de Óptica), Facultad de Ciencias / Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Aragón, 50009, Spain
Received: 3 February 2009 / Revised: 24 April 2009 / Accepted: 11 May 2009 / Published: 12 May 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Crystals)
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Active and dynamic modulation of light has been one of major contributions of liquid crystals to Optics. The spectrum of application range from signposting panels to high resolution imaging. The development of new materials is the key to continued progress in this field. To promote this we will present in this paper recent uses of liquid crystals as active or adaptive modulators of light. Besides, we will reflect on their current limitations. We expect with this to contribute to the progress in the field of liquid crystals and thus the development of new useful tools for Active and Adaptive Optics.
Keywords: liquid crystals; spatial light modulators; adaptive optics; wavefront correction liquid crystals; spatial light modulators; adaptive optics; wavefront correction
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