Abstract

We report preliminary results concerning a free-space optical switch between single-mode fibers with a ferroelectric liquid-crystal (FLC) spatial light modulator (SLM). In particular, we show experimentally that such a device can operate in a polarization-insensitive manner. The influence of the geometrical and physical features of the FLC SLM on the overall performance of the optical fiber switch are also discussed.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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