A liquid-crystal-infiltrated microcavity structure is proposed as a variable-refractive-index material. It has the advantages over previously considered nanostructured materials of having a larger phase-angle change and lower driving voltage. Two-dimensional liquid-crystal director and finite-difference time-domain optical simulations are used to select liquid crystal material parameters and optimize the dimension of the microcavity structured material.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 2, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2003
Published: November 1, 2003
Bin Wang, Philip J. Bos, and Charles D. Hoke, "Light propagation in variable-refractive-index materials with liquid-crystal-infiltrated microcavities," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 2123-2130 (2003)