Abstract

Among known temporal–spatial light modulation methods, there is no realistic method that can precisely control a light pulse simultaneously in the temporal and spatial domains. By careful consideration of the symmetries and topological properties of electromagnetic waves, a novel spatial light modulator has been developed to create different far-field patterns for each wavelength of linearly polarized light composed of various wavelength components. The system consists of an optical rotatory dispersion device, which is like a Faraday rotator, and a spatial light modulator with parallel-alignment nematic liquid-crystal cells. Numerical simulation results show the effectiveness of this new spatial light modulation method.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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