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Modulation of Ultrashort Laser Pulses Using SLM-S Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulators from Jenoptik

Use the Jenoptik SLM-S liquid crystal light modulators optimally to spatially resolved modulation of phase and/or amplitude of a light beam.

Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator from Jenoptik

The Jenoptik SLM-S liquid crystal spatial light modulators are variable phase/amplitude masks and make excellent tools for modulating ultrashort laser pulses. You can use them in a 4f arrangement or a CPA system (Chirped Pulse Amplification), for example, as well as to modulate CW laser light.

Jenoptik offers liquid crystal spatial light modulators with single-mask array for phase or amplitude modulation and with dual-mask array for the simultaneous modulation of phase and amplitude. The modulators are available with a resolution of 640 or 320 strips. Each strip can be individually controlled with 12-bit resolution. This means you can configure any strip pattern.

The liquid crystal light modulators are based on the principle of the electrical control of optical properties of a nematic liquid crystal layer (LC layer). You can use light in the 430 to 1600 nanometer wavelength range. On request, we can manufacture customer-specific antireflection coatings for various spectral ranges.

Benefits SLM

  • Efficient: Simultaneous modulation of phase and amplitude possible
  • Powerful: Use in the VIS and NIR spectral range
  • Versatile: Use with single- or dual masks
  • Customized: Specific antireflection coatings for your applications
  • Variable: For operating in reflective configuration with easy mountable mirror

Fields of Application

  • Laser and material processing: Pulse shaping of high-power and ultrashort pulse lasers
  • Chemistry: Coherent control
  • Analytics: Multidimensional microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Laser technology: Pulse compression
  • Optics: Simple solutions for modulating light, in particular laser light, in the VIS and NIR range
  • Photonics: Variable phase/amplitude masks are used for shaping of fs laser pulses whenever researching and implementing ultrafast processes

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Application Example Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator

Application example of a Jenoptik Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator at the University of Jena

Jenoptik SLM in an outclassed performant pulse shaper system for high power Femtosecond Applications 

Scientists use Jenoptik-SLM as the center piece of their novel setup for the shaping of femtosecond pulses.

Scientists at the Abbe-Center-of-Photonics of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena have demonstrated a novel setup for the adaptive shaping of femtosecond pulses. The center piece of their setup is the Jenoptik-SLM.

This is the first time that the full potential of the Jenoptik-SLM has been harnessed in an optimized setup of superior performance. They demonstrate highly-efficient self-learning pulse-shaping of 20fs gradients over a time window of picoseconds. For the first time the full area of the SLM can be used, without degrading the beam quality at any wavelength. Using this approach they can shape pulses of multi-gigawatt peak power with a system efficiency of much more than 60%.

SLM-S - List of Publications

Technical Papers & Application Papers relating to Jenoptik's Spatial Light Modulators SLM-S320(d)/640(d)


Bipartite Bell inequalities with three ternary-outcome measurements — from theory to experiments
Sacha Schwarz, Bänz Bessire, Andre Stefanov, and Yeong-Cherng Liang
Quantum Physics arXiv:1511.05253v2, 11 Mar 2016; Journal reference: New Journal of Physics 18 (2016) 035001, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/3/035001

Realizing up-conversion fluorescence tuning in lanthanide-doped nanocrystals by femtosecond pulse shaping method
Shian Zhang, Yunhua Yao, Xu Shuwu, Pei Liu, Jingxin Ding,Tianqing Jia, Jianrong Qiu & Zhenrong Sun / Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 13337, (2015, August 20), DOI:10.1038/srep13337

Dye-assisted visualization of plasmon modes excited in single gold nanoplates
K. Imaeda, and K. Imura,
Chemical Physics Letters, Volume 646, 2016, pages 179-184

Coherent control in room-temperature quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifiers using shaped pulses
O. Karni, A.K. Mishra, G. Eisenstein, V. Ivanov, and J.P. Reitmeyer
Optica, Vol. 3, No. 6, 2016, page 570-576


Terahertz waveform generation for S21-parameter measurements using a fiber-coupled optical pulse shaper
Jan-Martin Rämer, and Georg von Freymann
OPTICS EXPRESS 30872, 2015 OSA 30 Nov 2015, Vol. 23, No. 24, DOI:10.1364/OE.23.030872

Shaped and Feedback-Controlled Excitation of Single Molecules in the Weak-Field Limit
Alexander Weigel, Aleksandar Sebesta, and Philipp Kukura
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6 (20), pp 4032–4037, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b01748, September 17, 2015

Hydrogen Migration in Intense Laser Fields: Analysis and Control in Concert
N. Reusch, N. Schirmel, and K.M. Weitzel
Progress in Ultrafast Intense Laser Science XI, 2015, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-06730-8

Single-beam spectrally controlled two-dimensional Raman spectroscopy
H. Frostig, T. Bayer, N. Dudovich, Y.C. Eldar, and Y. Silberberg
Nature Photonics 9, 339-343, 2015

Controlling ablation mechanisms in sapphire by tuning the temporal shape of femtosecond laser pulses
J. Hernandez-Rueda, J. Siegel, M. Galvan-Sosa, A. Ruiz de la Cruz, M. Garcia-Lechuga, and J. Solis
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2015, pp150-156


Shaping and spatiotemporal characterization of sub-10-fs pulses focused by a high-NA objective
Monika Pawłowska, Sebastian Goetz, Christian Dreher, Matthias Wurdack, Enno Krauss, Gary Razinskas, Peter Geisler, Bert Hecht and Tobias Brixner
Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 25, pp. 31496-31510 (2014)

Single and two-photon fluorescence control of Er3+ ions by phase-shaped femtosecond laser pulse
Shian Zhang, Shuwu Xu, Jingxin Ding, Chenhui Lu, Tianqing Jia, Jianrong Qiu, and Zhenrong Sun
Applied Physics Letters 104, 014101 (2014)

Optimized terahertz generation via optical rectification in ZnTe crystals
S. Vidal, J. Degert, M. Tondusson, E. Freysz, and J. Oberlé
Journal of the Optical Society of America B Vol. 31, 149-153, No. 1 (2014)

Optimization of ultra-fast interactions using laser pulse temporal shaping controlled by a deterministic algorithm
M. Galvan-Sosa, J. Portilla, J. Hernandez-Rueda, J. Siegel, L. Moreno, A. Ruiz de la Cruz, and J. Solis
Applied Physics A, 2014, volume 114, Issue 2, pp 477-484

Multiple One-Dimensional Search (MODS) algorithm for fast optimization of laser–matter interaction by phase-only fs-laser pulse shaping
M. Galvan-Sosa, J. Portilla, J. Hernandez-Rueda, J. Siegel, L. Moreno, and J. Solis
Applied Physics B, Laser and Optics, 2014, Vol. 116, Issue 3, pp 747-553


Long-term stabilization of high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers
R. Riedel, M. Schulz, M. J. Prandolini, A. Hage, H. Höppner, T. Gottschall, J. Limpert, M. Drescher,
F. Tavella
Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28987-28999 (2013)

Surface structuring of fused silica with asymmetric femtosecond laser pulse bursts
J. Hernandez-Rueda, J. Siegel, M. Galvan-Sosa, A. Ruiz de la Cruz, J. Solis,
Journal of the Optical Society of America B 30, 1352-1356 (2013)

Ad-hoc design of temporally shaped fs laser pulses based on plasma dynamics for deep ablation in fused silica
J. Hernandez-Rueda; J. Siegel, D. Puerto; M. Galvan-Sosa, W. Gawelda, J. Solis
Applied Physics A, Volume 112, Issue 1, pp.185-189 (2013)

Spectral flattening of supercontinua with a spatial light modulator
R. A. Probst, T. Steinmetz, T. Wilken, G. K. L. Wong, H. Hundertmark, S. P. Stark, P. St. J. Russell, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, Th. Udem
Proc. SPIE 8864, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VI, 88641Z (September 26, 2013); doi:10.1117/12.2036601

Shaping frequency entangled qudits
C. Bernhard, B. Bessire, T. Feurer, A. Stefanov
arXiv:1303.6202 (quant-ph), 27 Mar 2013

Formation of fragment ions (H+, H 3+, CH 3+) from ethane in intense femtosecond laser fields–from understanding to control
N. Schirmel, N. Reusch, P. Horsch, and K.M. Weitzel
Faraday discussions, 2013; 163: 461-74


75 MW few-cycle mid-infrared pulses from a collinear apodized APPLN-based OPCPA
C. Heese, C. R. Phillips, B. W. Mayer, L. Gallmann, M. M. Fejer, and U. Keller
Optics Express, Vol. 20, No. 24, pp. 26888-26894 (2012)

Maximizing the amplitude of coherent phonons with shaped laser pulses
Toru Shimada, Christian Frischkorn, Martin Wolf, and Tobias Kampfrath
J. Appl. Phys. 112, 113103 (2012)

Real-time observation of transient electron density in water irradiated with tailored femtosecond laser pulses
C. Sarpe, J. Köhler, T. Winkler, M. Wollenhaupt and T. Baumert
New Journal of Physics 14 075021 (2012)

White-light generation using spatially-structured beams of femtosecond radiation
N. Kaya, J. Strohaber, A. A. Kolomenskii, G. Kaya, H. Schroeder, and H. A. Schuessler
Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 13337-13346 (2012)

Programmably structured plasma waveguide for development of table-top photon and particle sources
T.-S. Hung, Y.-C. Ho, Y.-L. Chang, S.-J. Wong, H.-H. Chu, J.-Y. Lin, J. Wang, and S.-Y. Chen
Physics of Plasmas 19, 063109 (2012)


Coherent Control of the Ultrafast Dissociative Ionization Dynamics of Bromochloroalkanes
J. Plenge, A. Wirsing, I. Wagner-Drebenstedt, I. Halfpap, B. Kieling, B. Wassermann, E. Rühl
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. Vol. 13, 21 May 2011, Pages 8705-8714

Effect of Linear Chirp on Strong Field Photodissociation of H2+
V. S. Prabhudesai, A. Natan, B. D. Bruner, Y. Silberberg, U. Lev, O. Heber, D. Strasser, D. Schwalm, D. Zajfman, I. Ben-Itzhak
Journal of the Korean Physical Society, Vol. 59, 2890-2894 (2011)

High-power widely tunable sub-20fs Gaussian laser pulses for ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy
Bernd Metzger, Andy Steinmann, and Harald Giessen
Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 24354-24360 (2011)

Single-pulse stimulated Raman scattering spectroscopy
Hadas Frostig, Ori Katz, Adi Natan, and Yaron Silberberg
Optics Letters, Vol. 36, No. 7, pp. 1248-1250 (2011)

Zeptosecond precision pulse shaping
Jens Köhler, Matthias Wollenhaupt, Tim Bayer, Cristian Sarpe, and Thomas Baumert
Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 11638-11653 (2011)

Nonlocal compensation of pure phase objects with entangled photons
Simone Cialdi, Davide Brivio, Enrico Tesio, Matteo G. A. Paris
Physical Review 2011, A 84, 043817

Combined OCT and CARS using a single ultrashort pulse Ti: Sapphire laser
C. Hoffmann, B. Hofer, A. Unterhuber, B. Poavzay, U. Morgner, and W. Drexler
SPIE Proceedings Vol. 78920B (10 February 2011) Multimodal Biomedical Imaging VI

Single-beam coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy using both pump and soliton Stokes pulses from a photonic crystal fiber
K. Tada, N. Karasawa
Applied Physics Express 4, 092701, 2011


Coherent Control for Molecular Ultrafast Spectroscopy
T. Buckup, J. Hauer, M. Motzkus
in "Extreme Photonics and Applications"
NATO-Science for Peace and Security Series B - Physics and Biophysics, 37-55 (2010)

Strong-field spatiotemporal ultrafast coherent control in three-level atoms
Barry D. Brunner, Haim Suchowski, Nikolay V. Vitanov, Yaron Silberberg
Physical Review 2010, A 81, 063410

Mid-infrared polarization pulse shaping by parametric transfer
Marco Thomas Seidel, Suxia Yan, and Howe-Siang Tan
Optics Letters, Vol. 35, No. 4, February 15, 2010

Multi-terawatt laser system generating 12-fs pulses at 100 Hz repetition rate
Y. Nabekawa, A. Amani Eilanlou, Y. Furukawa, K.L. Ishikawa, H. Takahashi, K. Midorikawa
Appl Phys B (2010) Vol. 101, pp. 523–534

Vibrational cooling of cold molecules with optimised shaped pulses
D. Sofikitis, A. Fioretti, S. Weber, R. Horchani, M. Pichler, X. Li, M. Allegrini, B. Chatel, D. Comparat, and P. Pillet
Molecular Physics, Vol. 108, 2010 Issue 6, page 795-810


Broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy using soliton pulse trains from a photonic crystal fiber
K. Tada, N. Karasawa
Optical Communications, Volume 9, Issue 19, 1 October 2009, Pages 3948-3952

Multi-terawatt chirped pulse optical parametric amplifier with a time-shear power amplification stage
Pawel Wnuk, Yuriy Stepaneko, Czeslaw Radzewicz
Optics Express, 2009, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 1526415273

Molecular vibrational cooling by optical pumping with shaped femtosecond pulses
D. Sofikitis, S. Weber, A. Fioretti., R. Horchani, M. Allegrini, B. Chatel, D. Comparat and P. Pillet
New Journal of Physics 11

Photoelectron angular distributions from strong-field coherent electronic excitation
M. Wollenhaupt, M. Krug, J. Köhler, T. Bayer, C. Sarpe-Tudoran, T. Baumert
Appl Phys B (2009), Vol. 95, pp. 245–259

Cold cesium molecules: from formation to cooling
A. Fioretti, D. Sofikitis, R. Horchani, X. Li, M. Pichler, S. Weber, M. Allegrini, B. Chatel, D. Comparat, and P. Pillet
Journal of Modern Optics, 2009, Vol. 56, Issue 18-19, page 2089-2099


Amplitude and phase modulation of time-energy entangled two-photon states
Zäh F, Halder M, Feurer T.
Optics Express, 2008 Oct 13, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp 16452-16458

Few-cycle femtosecond field synthesizer
Stefan Rausch, Thomas Binhammer, Anne Harth; Franz X. Kärtner, Uwe Morgner
Optics Express, 2008, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 17410-17419

Spatio-temporal coherent control of atomic systems: weak to strong field transition and breaking of symmetry in 2D maps
H. Suchowski, A. Natan, B. D. Bruner and Y. Silberberg
Physics of Complex Systems, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
J. Phys. B:  At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 41

Direct amplification of a terrawatt sub-10-fs pulse using a CPA system of Ti:sapphire laser
A. Amani Eilanlou, Y. Nabekawa, K. L. Ishikawa, H. Takahashi, and K. Midorikawa
Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 13431-13438

Standoff detection of trace amounts of solids by nonlinear Raman spectroscopy using shaped femtosecond pulses
O. Katz , A. Natan, Y. Silberberg, and S. Rosenwaks
Applied Physics Letters 92, 171116 _2008

Broadband Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering Spectroscopy Using Pulse-Shaper-Controlled Variable-Wavelength Soliton Pulses from a Photonic Crystal Fiber
Kazuhiro Tada, Naoki Karasawa
Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 47 (2008) pp. 8825-8828


Enhancement of Relativistic Harmonic Generation by an Optically Preformed Periodic Plasma Waveguide
C.-C. Kuo, C.-H. Pai, M.-W. Lin, K.-H. Lee, J.-Y. Lin, J. Wang, and S.-Y. Chen
Physical Revue Letters 98, 033901 (2007)

Programmable common-path vector field synthesizer for femtosecond pulses
M. Ninck, A. Galler, T. Feurer, and T. Brixner
Optics Letters, 2007, Vol. 32, Issue 23, pp. 3379-3381

Coherent control and dark pulses in second harmonic generation
Paweł Wnuk *, Czesław Radzewicz
Optics Communications 272 (2007) 496–502

Distinction of ortho- and para-Xylene by Femtosecond-Laser Mass Spectrometry
Gunter Urbasch, Hans Georg Breunig and Karl-Michael Weitzel
ChemPhysChem 2007, 8, 2185 – 2188


Fabrication of plasma transient density structures and its application to high-field plasma devices
Szu-yuan Chen, Jyhpyng Wang, and Jiunn-Yuan Lin
AIP Conf. Proc. 877 (2006) pp. 117-128

A source of 2 terawatt, 2.7 cycle laser pulses based on noncollinear optical parametric chirped pulse amplification
Witte, S.; Zinkstok, R. Th.; Wolf, A. L.; Hogervorst, W.; Ubachs, W.; Eikema, K. S. E.
Optics Express, 2006, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp.8168-8177

Programmable fabrication of spatial structures in a gas jet by laser machining with a spatial light modulator
Lin, M.-W.; Chen, Y.-M.; Pai, C.-H.; Kuo, C.-C.; Lee, K.-H.; Wang, J.; Chen, S.-Y.; Lin, J.-Y.
Physics of Plasmas, Volume 13, Issue 11, pp. 110701-110704

Generation of optical-field controlled high-intensity laser pulses
Masayuki Kakehata, Hideyuki Takada, Yohei Kobayashi, Kenji Torizuka
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 182 (2006) pp. 220-224


High-power parametric amplification of 11.8-fs laser pulses with carrier-envelope phase control
R. Th. Zinkstok, S. Witte, W. Hogervorst, and K. S. E. Eikema
Optics Letters, 2005, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 78-80

Generation of few-cycle terawatt light pulses using optical parametric chirped pulse amplification
S. Witte, R. Th. Zinkstok, W. Hogervorst, K.S.E. Eikema
Optics Express, 2005, Vol. 13, No. 13 / pp. 4903-4908

Adaptive shaping of high-power broadband femtosecond laser pulses
Tobias Witting, Grigorios Tsilimis, Jörg Kutzner, and Helmut Zacharias
Springer Proceedings in Physics, Volume 102, 2005, pp. 273-282

Chirped-pulse amplification system providing electric-field-controlled optical pulses
M. Kakehata, H. Takada, Y. Kobayashi, K. Torizuka, K. Nishijima, H. Takamiya, T. Homma, and H. Takahashi
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2005, ISBN: 1-55752-770-9


Control of the production of highly charged ions in femtosecond-laser cluster fragmentation
S. Zamith, T. Martchenko, Y. Ni, S. A. Aseyev, H. G. Muller, and M. J. J. Vrakking
Physical Review A 70, 011201(R) (2004)

A laser pulse shaper for the low-emittance radiofrequency SPARC electron gun
S. Cialdi*, I. Boscolo
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 526 (2004) 239–248

New phase and amplitude high resolution pulse shaper
Antoine Monmayrant and Béatrice Chatel
Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 75, No 8,  August 2004


Generation of 3.8-fs pulses from adaptive compression of a cascaded hollow fiber supercontinuum
B. Schenkel, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, C. Vozzi, M. Nisoli, G. Sansone, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto
Optics Letters, October 15, 2003 / Vol. 28, No. 20


A new high-resolution femtosecond pulse shaper
G. Stobrawa, M. Hacker, T. Feurer, D. Zeidler, M. Motzkus, Frank Reichel (Jenoptik)
Appl. Phys. B 72, 627


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