Resolution improvement of surface plasmon-enhanced, liquid crystal spatial light modulator: Simulation studies

P. Kogan, B. Apter, I. Baal-Zedaka, U. Efron

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Abstract

Spatial resolution is an important performance characteristic of spatial light modulators (SLM). One of the key factors affecting the spatial resolution of liquid crystal (LC)-based SLM is the fringing field effect. This effect can be reduced in thin LC cells with corresponding reduction in the electro-optical response. A strong electro-optic response in thin LC layer can be attained using the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) phenomenon. While SPR-based LC SLMs were already demonstrated about 15 years ago, their development has been hampered in part by low resolution, due to the finite propagation length of the surface plasmons (SPs). A fine patterning of the metal layer supporting the propagation of SPs is studied as a possible solution for reducing the spatial blurring associated with the long propagation length of SPs. The results of detailed computer simulations showing improved resolution SPR-LC-SLM are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4788-4792
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Volume281
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Liquid crystal
  • Spatial light modulator
  • Spatial resolution
  • Surface plasmon resonance

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