Electro-optic polymer spatial light modulator based on a Fabry–Perot interferometer configuration



A spatial light modulator (SLM) based on a Fabry-Perot interferometer configuration has been fabricated and tested. The Fabry-Perot spacer layer is a thin film of the SEO100 electro-optic polymer which serves as the nonlinear medium. Measurement results demonstrate the modulation of multiple pixels operating simultaneously at frequencies ranging from 300 kHz to 800 kHz which is significantly faster than SLMs based on liquid crystal and digital micromirror device technology. An average modulation contrast of 50% for all pixels is achieved with a drive voltage of 70 Vrms at 100 kHz. Microwave speeds and CMOS compatibility are feasible with improved transmission line and cavity design.
Date made available2011

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