Field-induced guiding (FIG) has been known for several decades. Many advanced optical FIG devices (light modulators, splitters, scanners, etc.) were proposed, but due to high fabrication cost and/or high operation voltages they were considered impractical. For the first time to our knowledge we propose to use electro-optic (EO) polymers for the fabrication of FIG devices. This alleviates these limitations and makes this powerful device fabrication paradigm applicable in practice. We theoretically predict and experimentally demonstrate FIG in EO polymers. We also propose the idea of new class of devices— multifunctional optical devices that can completely change their functionality on the fly.
© 2010 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 12, 2010
Published: February 4, 2010
Anna Pyayt, Jingdong Luo, Alex K.-Y. Jen, Larry Dalton, and Antao Chen, "Field-induced guiding optical devices made from electro-optic polymers," Appl. Opt. 49, 892-896 (2010)