A compact tunable waveplate based on negative dielectric liquid crystal photonic bandgap fibers is presented. The birefringence can be tuned electrically to work as a quarter-wave or a half-wave plate in the wavelength range 1520nm-1580nm.
© 2009 The Optical Society
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
L. Wei, T. T. Alkeskjold, S. U. Keller, J. M. Lindhard, H. V. Jensen, K. Nielsen, A. Boisen, and A. Bjarklev, "Compact Electrically Tunable Waveplate Based on Liquid Crystal Photonic Bandgap Fibers," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CMW4.
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