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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2002
  • pp: 1074–1082

Switchable orthorhombic F photonic crystals formed by holographic polymerization-induced phase separation of liquid crystal

R. L. Sutherland, V. P. Tondiglia, L. V. Natarajan, S. Chandra, D. Tomlin, and T. J. Bunning  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 20, pp. 1074-1082 (2002)

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Electrically switchable photonic crystals are simply and rapidly formed by holographic polymerization-induced phase separation of liquid crystal from a monomer-liquid crystal mixture. We report the fabrication and electro-optical properties of liquid-crystal-filled polymer photonic crystals of orthorhombic F symmetry. Inverse opal and fcc structures can also be obtained. The crystals exhibit electrically switchable Bragg diffraction at ~8–10 V/μm with crystal structure in good agreement with theoretical expectations. These photonic crystals compare favorably with liquid-crystal-imbibed colloidal crystal arrays.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: July 18, 2002
Revised Manuscript: September 19, 2002
Published: October 7, 2002

Richard Sutherland, V. Tondiglia, L. Natarajan, S. Chandra, D. Tomlin, and T. Bunning, "Switchable orthorhombic F photonic crystals formed by holographic polymerization-induced phase separation of liquid crystal," Opt. Express 10, 1074-1082 (2002)

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