Optically addressed electroclinic liquid crystal spatial light modulator with an a-Si:H photodiode Academic Article uri icon


  • A fast optically addressed spatial light modulator (OASLM) is demonstrated using a pin photodiode of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si: H) and the electroclinic effect in chiral smectic A liquid crystals. The response time depends on the material and the temperature. We used a material with a response time of 40 μs at 29° C and 4 μs at 51° C. This work shows that there is an excellent match between a-Si: H photodiodes as photosensors and high speed liquid crystals as electrooptic modulators. The optical response varies with the field and write-light intensity, allowing for grey level applications.

publication date

  • January 1, 1989