Abstract

We developed a 1- pixel ultraviolet-to-near-infrared (UV-to-NIR) liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM) and clarified its phase modulation properties in detail, for the first time to our knowledge. The employed liquid crystal is transparent over 2601100nm. A phase modulation capability of 55.8rad at 305nm and 14.0rad at 1000nm is enough to compensate for UV-to-NIR nonlinear chirped pulses. The LC-SLM driving parameters of a period T=13ms and an applied voltage VDD=7.0V were determined. The 648- pixel extension of this new device will permit us to realize the high-power generation of single subcycle optical pulses and the direct UV-to-NIR pulse shaping.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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