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  • Vol. 64, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1974
  • pp: 1424–1432

Losses of a nematic liquid-crystal optical waveguide

Chenming Hu and J. R. Whinnery  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 64, Issue 11, pp. 1424-1432 (1974)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.64.001424


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Abstract

The absorption and scattering losses at 6328 Å in MBBA thin-film waveguides were measured. The absorption loss was studied with a thermal-lens technique and was found to be highly dichroic. Thermal self-focusing was observed for the ordinary ray. The measured scattering losses were between 15 and 40 dB cm-1, depending on the polarization and the liquid-crystal orientation. A modified bulk-scattering loss caused by the thermal fluctuation of the long-range-crystal ordering is calculated and compared with the measurements.

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Chenming Hu and J. R. Whinnery, "Losses of a nematic liquid-crystal optical waveguide," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1424-1432 (1974)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-64-11-1424


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