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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 19 — Sep. 22, 2003
  • pp: 2379–2384

Multiplex diffraction from functionalized polymer liquid crystals and polarization conversion

Hiroshi Ono, Akira Emoto, Nobuhiro Kawatsuki, and Takako Hasegawa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 19, pp. 2379-2384 (2003)

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We report on polymer liquid crystals with periodically oriented mesogenic side chains and demonstrate that the resulting two-dimensional polarization gratings multiplex-diffract the laser beam and convert the polarization state at the same time. Two-dimensional diffraction patterns with various kinds of polarization states can be successfully generated by designing a combination of one-dimensional polarization gratings. This study is a considerable advance towards the realization of highly functionalized passive optical devices that can control both the beam propagation direction and the polarization state.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: August 8, 2003
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2003
Published: September 22, 2003

Hiroshi Ono, Akira Emoto, Nobuhiro Kawatsuki, and Takako Hasegawa, "Multiplex diffraction from functionalized polymer liquid crystals and polarization conversion," Opt. Express 11, 2379-2384 (2003)

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