The structure, operation, and performance of the silicon-based liquid crystal light valves--the photoactivated, CCD-addressed, and visible-to-IR converter--are described. The performance limitations of the readout structure, in particular those affecting resolution, sensitivity, contrast ratio, and speed, are discussed.
P. O. Braatz,
M. J. Little,
R. N. Schwartz,
"Silicon Liquid Crystal Light Valves: Status And Issues," Optical Engineering 22(6), 226682 (1 December 1983). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7973223