Abstract

We propose a method to optimize spatial light modulators (SLMs) driven by digital video interface graphics in a holographic optical tweezers system. A method analogous to that used to optimize LCD televisions is used to optimize the properties of the graphics card through a diffraction-based experiment and develop a lookup table for the SLM. The optimization allows the SLM to function with its full phase modulation depth with improved diffraction efficiency. Further, we propose a simple and robust method to correct for the spatially varying phase response of the SLM to enhance its diffraction efficiency. The optimization results in an improvement of uniformity in the intensity and quality of the trap spots.

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