Comparison of beam generation techniques using a phase only spatial light modulator

Clark, Thomas W. and Offer, Rachel F. and Franke-Arnold, Sonja and Arnold, Aidan S. and Radwell, Neal (2016) Comparison of beam generation techniques using a phase only spatial light modulator. Optics Express, 24 (6). pp. 6249-6264. ISSN 1094-4087 (

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Whether in art or for QR codes, images have proven to be both powerful and efficient carriers of information. Spatial light modulators allow an unprecedented level of control over the generation of optical fields by using digital holograms. There is no unique way of obtaining a desired light pattern however, leaving many competing methods for hologram generation. In this paper, we test six hologram generation techniques in the creation of a variety of modes as well as a photographic image: rating the methods according to obtained mode quality and power. All techniques compensate for a non-uniform mode profile of the input laser and incorporate amplitude scaling. We find that all methods perform well and stress the importance of appropriate spatial filtering. We expect these results to be of interest to those working in the contexts of microscopy, optical trapping or quantum image creation.


Clark, Thomas W., Offer, Rachel F., Franke-Arnold, Sonja, Arnold, Aidan S. ORCID logoORCID: and Radwell, Neal;