1 June 1975 A New Real-Time Non-Coherent to Coherent Light Image Converter The Hybrid Field Effect Liquid Crystal Light Valve
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Optical Engineering, 14(3), 143217 (1975). doi:10.1117/12.7971871
Abstract
A new, high-performance device has been developed for application to real-time coherent optical data processing. The new device embodies a CdS photoconductor, a CdTe light-absorbing layer, a dielectric mirror, and a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between indiumtin-oxide transparent electrodes deposited on optical quality glass flats. The non-coherent image is directed onto the photoconductor; this reduces the impedance of the photoconductor, thereby switching the ac vol-tage that is impressed across the electrodes onto the liquid crystal to activate the device. The liquid crystal is operated in a hybrid field effect mode. It utilizes the twisted nematic effect to create a dark off-state (voltage off the liquid crystal) and the optical birefringence effect to create the bright on-state. The liquid crystal modulates the polarization of the coherent read-out light so an analyzer must be used to create an intensity modulated output beam. Performance figures for the device include: Resolution 100 lines/mm; Input Sensitivity 160 iW/cm2 at 525 nm; Time Response on: 10. msec; off: 15 msec; Contrast >100 : 1 ; Aperture 1 inch by 1 inch.
Jan Grinberg, Alex Jacobson, William Bleha, Leroy Miller, Lewis Fraas, Donald Boswell, Gary Myer, "A New Real-Time Non-Coherent to Coherent Light Image Converter The Hybrid Field Effect Liquid Crystal Light Valve," Optical Engineering 14(3), 143217 (1 June 1975). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7971871
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