An optical system constructed around a dynamic diffractive optic element, a ferroelectric liquid-crystal spatial light modulator in binary phase-only modulation mode, is investigated. The spatial light modulator is successively adjusted according to the direct binary search technique to diffract an incoming laser light beam into a predecided intensity distribution by use of feed back from the diffracted light. It was found that the feedback signal was noisy and that vibrations and limited bistability in the spatial light modulator’s pixels were the main noise sources. The final diffraction efficiency depends on the degree of noise in the feedback signal, but even under fairly noisy conditions the iterations were found to converge properly.
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