A Preliminary Investigation into the Effects of High-Power Illumination on Optical Phased Arrays
Interim rept. 13 Sep 2004-1 Jan 2005
OPTIMETRICS INC ANN ARBOR MI
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The phase-vs.-voltage characteristics of liquid-crystal phase retarders and optical phased arrays OPAs were measured while the devices were exposed to high-power-CW-laser radiation at 1.08 micrometers. The results indicate that as the applied CW power is increased, the available phase-modulation depth of the devices is reduced, presumably due to heating. In addition, transient experiments where the high-power laser was turned on and off indicate that the particular liquid crystal on silicon LCoS OPAs we examined have a thermal time constant of around 20 seconds. Microscopic examination of the liquid-crystal devices indicates that there is no apparent damage to the bulk materials used in the device, although most of the devices appear to have suffered from liquid-crystal migration that is presumably due to thermal expansion and contraction.
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