Abstract

Spatial light modulators (SLMs), which are devices used to manipulate the phase of an incident wave front, are prolific in fields such as optical trapping, dynamic diffractive optical elements, and display technology. Of the many challenges inherent to using SLMs, one of the most ubiquitous is the calibration of the device’s phase-shifting mechanism. In this paper, we present a new SLM calibration method based on spatial mode projection. We also implement a data processing technique to our data to generate accurate look-up tables from our calibration curves. We then evaluate the success of our method by propagating Laguerre–Gauss beams with computer-generated holograms. Our results show that the qualitative analysis of modes propagated using the SLM is a viable method of assessing performance. On the whole, we show that spatial mode projection provides clear performance improvements in the SLM’s phase-modulating capabilities.

© 2019 Optical Society of America

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