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Title: A liquid crystal device for speckle reduction in coherent light
Author: Hansford, David
ISNI:       0000 0004 7654 280X
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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High coherence in laser light causes spatially distributed interference called speckle. In applications such as holographic projection, this undesirable side effect degrades image clarity. The current methods of speckle reduction, such as a rotating ground-glass diffuser, require additional bulky moving parts. In this thesis an alternative technology is presented based upon a compact chiral nematic liquid crystal device. A spatially-random, time-varying phase modulation of the incident light is achieved through the electrohydrodynamic instabilities that are induced by an alternating electric field. In this thesis, through material and device optimisation, a LC diffuser is fabricated that is capable of reducing speckle contrast to C=0.07 with transmission of just over 50%.
Supervisor: Morris, Stephen Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Laser speckle ; Liquid Crystals