Demonstration of 3-dimensional wide angle laser beam scanner using liquid crystals

  • Khan S
  • Riza N
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Design and demonstration of a versatile liquid crystal-based scanner is shown for steering a laser beam in three dimensions. The scanner consists of a unique combination of digital and analog control polarization-based beam forming optics resulting in both continuous and random fashion beam steering. The design features a novel device biasing method, large aperture beam-forming optics, low electrical power consumption, and ultrafine as well as wide angle coarse beam steering. Demonstrations include one, two and three dimensional beam steering with a maximum of 40.92 degree continuous scan, all at 1550 nm. The minimum scanner aperture is 1 cm diameter and uses a combination of ferroelectric and nematic liquid crystals in addition to Rutile crystal birefringent prisms.

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Khan, S. A., & Riza, N. A. (2004). Demonstration of 3-dimensional wide angle laser beam scanner using liquid crystals. Optics Express, 12(5), 868. https://doi.org/10.1364/opex.12.000868

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