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Frontiers in Optics
Rochester, New York United States
October 12, 2004
ISBN: 1-55752-779-2
Photonic Crystal Waveguides (FMQ)

High contrast modulation of a silicon-based optical switch using liquid crystals

Sharon M. Weiss, Jidong Zhang, and Philippe M. Fauchet


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A high contrast optical switch based on a porous silicon microcavity infiltrated with liquid crystals has been fabricated. Significant tuning of the resonance wavelength enables high contrast modulation between the off- and on-states. This silicon-based optical switch is a key building block towards next generation interconnects for microelectronics technology.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

S. M. Weiss, J. Zhang, and P. M. Fauchet, "High contrast modulation of a silicon-based optical switch using liquid crystals," in Frontiers in Optics 2004/Laser Science XXII/Diffractive Optics and Micro-Optics/Optical Fabrication and Testing, OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper FMQ2.

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