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Jones-matrix models for twisted-nematic liquid-crystal devices

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Abstract

Twisted-nematic liquid-crystal devices having high spatial resolution are suitable for spatial light modulators. Phase-modulation characteristics of the devices have been widely studied, but the phase delay calculated using a conventional Jones-matrix model is slightly different from that measured using an interferometer. We propose a modified model whose matrix components are described by angular parameters that are related to the distribution of twist and tilt angles inside the liquid-crystal layer through differential equations. The model is used to simulate phase-modulation characteristics, and the result agrees well with the experimentally measured phase delay.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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