Abstract

We present a novel configuration for a twisted-nematic liquid-crystal display (TN-LCD) that makes it operate as a controllable polarization rotator. We extend a previously reported polarization rotator configuration using a zero-twist LCD inserted between two quarter-wave plates. We first operate the TN-LCD in the polarization eigenvector configuration and show how this system can act as an equivalent voltage-controlled wave plate. Next we incorporate this wave plate into the optical rotator configuration. We show that the plane of polarization of the transmitted light can be rotated as a function of the phase introduced by the display. Finally, we create a 2D polarization mask where different areas of the TN-LCD form different polarization states. Experimental results are included.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Appl. Opt. (6)

Opt. Commun. (3)

R. L. Eriksen, P. C. Mogensen, and J. Glückstad, "Elliptical polarization encoding in two dimensions using phase-only spatial light modulators," Opt. Commun. 187, 325-336 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Tervo and J. Turunen, "Generation of vectorial propagation-invariant fields by polarization-grating axicons," Opt. Commun. 192, 13-18 (2001).
[CrossRef]

P. C. Mogensen and J. Gluckstad, "A phase-based optical encryption system with polarisation encoding," Opt. Commun. 173, 177-183 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (4)

S. Sanyal, P. Bandyopadhyay, and A. Ghosh, "Vector wave imagery using a birefringent lens," Opt. Eng. 37, 592-599 (1998).
[CrossRef]

I. Moreno, J. A. Davis, K. G. D'Nelly, and D. B. Allison, "Transmission and phase measurement for polarization eigenvectors in twisted-nematic liquid-crystal displays," Opt. Eng. 37, 3848-3052 (1998).

J. Nicolás and J. A. Davis, "Programmable wave plates using a twisted-nematic liquid-crystal display," Opt. Eng. 41, 3004-3005 (2002).
[CrossRef]

C. Ye, "Construction of an optical rotator using quarter-wave plates and an optical retarder," Opt. Eng. 34, 3031-3035 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (6)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, "Sharper focus for a radially polarized light beam," Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 233901-1-4 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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