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New paper in Optics Letters about a new technique of measuring the LCOS backplane deformation


INT1A new paper is available in Optics Letters entitled Measuring the spatial deformation of a liquid-crystal on silicon display with a self-interference effect.

Here we present a simple technique to characterize the spatial non-uniformity of a LCOS-SLM, based on illuminating the display with a wavelength out of the operation range. In this situation there is a significant reflection at the output surface and a Gires–Tournois type interferometer is directly created, without any alignment requirement and insensitive to vibrations. The beam reflected at the output surface is the reference beam, while the beam reflected at the silicon backplane is modulated with the addressed gray level in order to quantitatively derive its deformation. We provide an experimental demonstration using a LCOS-SLM designed to operate in the near-infrared range but illuminated with visible light.

This work is part of the PhD Thesis of David Marco and has been done in collaboration with our colleague Prof. Asticio Vargas, from Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.


Viernes, 7 de agosto de 2020 Sin comentarios

FYLA interview with Ignacio Moreno


FYLA2FYLA is a young Spanish laser company. At TecnOPTO we have two of their supercontinuum lasers.

We use them in a variety of experiments that include the broadband characterization of optical retarders and iquid-crystal SLMs, and their use diffractive and optical information systems.

At the following link you can access the recent interview they made to Ignacio Moreno.

We thank Gaia Sardiello for her interview and collaboration.

 

 


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Viernes, 31 de julio de 2020 Sin comentarios

New paper in OSA Continuum about double ring interference with binary axicons


CbeltA new paper is available at OSA Continuum entitled Double-ring interference of binary diffractive axicons.

Here we report on the interference between the double rings generated by the Fourier transform of a binary diffractive axicon. These two rings have the same size and correspond to the +1 and -1 diffracted order beams. The interference condition between both rings can be easily changed by adding a constant phase bias. Additionally, this interference condition can be changed along the ring.

This work has been done in collaboration with our colleagues at San Diego State University Prof. Jeffrey A. Davis, Prof. Don M. Cottrell and Benjamin Gutierrez.


Lunes, 15 de junio de 2020 Sin comentarios

TecnOPTO organizes a workshop on ‘Structured Light, Polarimetry and Imaging’


Workshop

On November 25th, 2019 we organized a workshop entitled ‘Structured Light, Polarimetry and Imaging‘.

The workshop was held at the Institute of Bioengineering of UMH, and we could count with the participation of experts from different groups in Spain working in these related fields. The program can be viewed at the following link.

We thank all the participants and attendees to this extremely interesting and motivating reunion.


Martes, 26 de noviembre de 2019 Sin comentarios

New paper in OLEN analyzing the diffraction efficiency of stepped gratings in large phase modulation SLMs


OLENOur new publication is available in Optics & Lasers in Engineering, entitled Diffraction efficiency of stepped gratings using high phase-modulation spatial light modulators.

We study the diffraction efficiency of linear phase (blazed) diffraction gratings displayed onto SLMs that exhibit a large phase modulation range, reaching a maximum phase modulation of 8pi or 10pi radians. We analyse these effects for their important implications in the Nyquist limit for diffractive elements

The paper has been done in collaboration with our friends at San Diego State University.


Domingo, 3 de noviembre de 2019 Sin comentarios

New paper in Optics Letters on breaking the Nyquist limit for diffractive lenses with high phase modulation displays


OL FIGWe published a new paper in Optics Letters entitled Encoding lenses with focal lengths lower than the Nyquist limit using high phase-modulation displays. In this work we show that focal lengths much lower than the classical Nyquist limit can be encoded onto spatial light modulators having a large phase-dynamic range.

Experimental results are included with a display showing 10π phase modulation reducing the Nyquist limit by a factor of about 1/10. We used a  Hamamatsu reflective LCoS device designed for use in the near infra-red (NIR) range, but operated with visible light in order to achieve such large modulation regimes.

The work has been done in collaboration with our friends at the Department of Physics of San Diego State University.


Jueves, 27 de junio de 2019 Sin comentarios

Julio César Quiceno, from Universidad del Valle, Cali, joins TecnOpto


Dyz6KvlU8AAYqsiJulio César Quiceno, from Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, will be visiting researcher at TecnOpto for a period of six months.

We will be working together in new projects related to vector beams.

Welcome to Elche!

 


Miércoles, 13 de febrero de 2019 Sin comentarios

New paper in Optics Express about Guoy phase effects on the propagation of vector beams


GuoyOur new paper in Optics Express entitled Gouy phase effects on propagation of pure and hybrid vector beams reports a theoretical simplified model and experimental analysis of the Gouy phase effects on vector beams. Experimental results at various axial planes, before and past the focus, are obtained by using a simplified liquid-crystal spatial light modulator-based optical system that allows the easy generation of these beams. Furthermore, a new alternative optical set-up that is devoid of moving elements is demonstrated, which simplifies this study.

We experimentally verify the differences between pure and hybrid vector beams upon propagation. While the first ones remain stable, hybrid vector beams show Gouy phase effects that demonstrate an optical activity where the local polarization states rotate by an angle that depends on the propagation distance.

This study has been conducted in collaboration with our friends at San Diego State University, Prof. Jeffrey A. Davis and Prof. Don M. Cottrell.


Martes, 29 de enero de 2019 Sin comentarios

New paper in Optical Engineering about a holographic projection system


OEng2A new paper of ours is published in the journal Optical Engineering entitled Holographic projection system with programmable control of state of polarization, focus plane, and size of the reconstruction

This work presents a holographic projection system based on the encoding of computer-generated holograms onto a spatial light modulator. We show how the size, location, and polarization state of the output can be controlled completely electronically, without physically moving any element in the system. And we show that the system is capable to produce optical logical operations by superimposing two different images encoded onto orthogonal polarization states.

The work has been done with our friends at the Department of Physics at San Diego State University.

 


Jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2018 Sin comentarios

Prof. Asticio Vargas visits TecnOPTO Lab


Asticio2During the last two weeks we had the pleasure of receiving our friend Asticio Vargas, from Departamento de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.

We have been advancing in new experiments and new projects. The fruitful UMH-UFRO collaboration continues in good shape.


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Viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2018 Sin comentarios