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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 2 — Jan. 23, 2006
  • pp: 914–925

Photonic crystal-liquid crystal fibers for single-polarization or high-birefringence guidance

D. C. Zografopoulos, E. E. Kriezis, and T. D. Tsiboukis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 914-925 (2006)

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The dispersive characteristics of a photonic crystal fiber enhanced with a liquid crystal core are studied using a planewave expansion method. Numerical results demonstrate that by appropriate design such fibers can function in a single-mode/single-polarization operation, exhibit high- or low- birefringence behavior, or switch between an on-state and an off-state (no guided modes supported). All of the above can be controlled by the application of an external electric field, the specific liquid crystal anchoring conditions and the fiber structural parameters.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystal Fibers

D. C. Zografopoulos, E. E. Kriezis, and T. D. Tsiboukis, "Photonic crystal-liquid crystal fibers for single-polarization or high-birefringence guidance," Opt. Express 14, 914-925 (2006)

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