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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2010
  • pp: 3846–3853

Switchable waveguiding in two liquid-crystal-filled photonic crystal fibers

Alexander Lorenz, Rolf Schuhmann, and Heinz-Siegfried Kitzerow  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 20, pp. 3846-3853 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.003846


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Abstract

Switchable waveguiding is investigated in two liquid-crystal-filled photonic crystal fibers with a solid core using the nematic liquid-crystal mixture E7 under planar and homeotropic anchoring conditions. Addressing experiments using ac voltages show polarization-dependent and -independent effects with response times down to a few ms. It is shown that the attenuation spectra of the two liquid-crystal-filled photonic crystal fibers can be changed dramatically by just varying the boundary conditions. Electromagnetic field simulations are presented, which are in good agreement with the experimental findings.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: March 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2010
Published: July 1, 2010

Citation
Alexander Lorenz, Rolf Schuhmann, and Heinz-Siegfried Kitzerow, "Switchable waveguiding in two liquid-crystal-filled photonic crystal fibers," Appl. Opt. 49, 3846-3853 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-20-3846


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