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Progress in Phase Calibration for Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulators

State Key Laboratory of Precision Measurement Technology and Instrument, Department of Precision Instruments, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(10), 2012;
Received: 4 April 2019 / Revised: 9 May 2019 / Accepted: 10 May 2019 / Published: 16 May 2019
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Phase-only Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) is one of the most widely used devices for phase modulation. It has been successfully applied in the field with requirements of precision phase modulation such as holographic display, optical tweezers, lithography, etc. However, due to the limitations in the manufacturing process, the grayscale-phase response could be different for every single SLM device, even varying on sections of an SLM panel. A diverse array of calibration methods have been proposed and could be sorted into two categories: the interferometric phase calibration methods and the diffractive phase calibration methods. The principles of phase-only SLM are introduced. The main phase calibration methods are discussed and reviewed. The advantages of these methods are analyzed and compared. The potential methods for different applications are suggested. View Full-Text
Keywords: phase measurement; spatial light modulator; calibration; interference; diffraction phase measurement; spatial light modulator; calibration; interference; diffraction

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Li, R.; Cao, L. Progress in Phase Calibration for Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulators. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2012.

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