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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 4 — Feb. 19, 2007
  • pp: 1832–1844

Tunable one-dimensional photonic crystal slabs based on preferential etching of silicon-on-insulator

D. C. Zografopoulos, E. E. Kriezis, B. Bellini, and R. Beccherelli  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 1832-1844 (2007)

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We design and assess a one-dimensional photonic crystal slab fabricated by preferential etching of a silicon-on-insulator substrate. The etched grooves are considered to be infiltrated by a highly-birefringent nematic liquid crystalline material. A detailed analysis of the nematic director response within the grooves is presented. We investigate different configurations and demonstrate large band gap shifting when switching the liquid crystal with an applied voltage. Furthermore, we assess this type of device as an efficient alternative for compact refractometric optical sensing applications.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: December 4, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 17, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2007
Published: February 19, 2007

D. C. Zografopoulos, E. E. Kriezis, B. Bellini, and R. Beccherelli, "Tunable one-dimensional photonic crystal slabs based on preferential etching of silicon-on-insulator," Opt. Express 15, 1832-1844 (2007)

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