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Modulation Transfer Function Measurement Method for Electrically-Addressed Spatial Light Modulators

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Author(s)

Patrick J. Grother, D P. Casasent

Abstract

The modulation transfer function (MTF) using amplitude modulation (mA) data is a vital coherent optical performance measure for a spatial light modulator (SLM). A new image plane MTFA (amplitude MTF) measurement method is presented for electrically-addressed SLMs. It involves digital analysis of the output image of a square-wave pattern written onto the SLM. Modulation level effects are also addressed. Optical laboratory results are presented for two liquid crystal SLMs. The need to consider amplitude not intensity modulation (when coherent optical processing applications are considered) is noted in terms of SLM biasing.
Citation
Applied Optics
Volume
40
Issue
No. 29

Keywords

modulation transfer function, resolution, spatial light modulator

Citation

Grother, P. and Casasent, D. (2001), Modulation Transfer Function Measurement Method for Electrically-Addressed Spatial Light Modulators, Applied Optics (Accessed May 23, 2024)

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Created October 1, 2001, Updated February 19, 2017