A rigorous analysis is presented of the diffraction efficiency of a polarization-insensitive surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid-crystal (SSFLC) phase grating, taking full account of the internal structure of the ferroelectric liquid-crystal layer. When no field is applied, the twisted director profile in the relaxed state gives an optimum diffraction efficiency for a device thickness between the half-wave-plate and the full-wave-plate conditions. The influence of the magnitude of the spontaneous polarization and applied ac fields are investigated, and it is shown that the diffraction efficiency of a binary SSFLC phase grating can be strongly enhanced with the technique of ac stabilization.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 17, 2002
Revised Manuscript: January 8, 2003
Published: May 1, 2003
Carl V. Brown and Emmanouil E. Kriezis, "Calculation of the efficiency of polarization-insensitive surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid-crystal diffraction gratings," Appl. Opt. 42, 2257-2263 (2003)