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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 19 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 14532–14543

Characterization of the diffraction efficiency of polymer-liquid-crystal-polymer-slices gratings at all incidence angles

Man Xu, Luciano De Sio, Roberto Caputo, Cesare P. Umeton, Arthur J. H. Wachters, Dick K. G. de Boer, and H. Paul Urbach  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 19, pp. 14532-14543 (2008)

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Recently, a novel holographic diffraction grating made of polymer slices alternated to homogeneous films of nematic liquid crystal (POLICRYPS) was realized. We study the optical performance of the POLICRYPS gratings by both numerical simulations and experiments. Characterization of the grating at normal and conical reading mount are performed. The diffraction efficiency depends strongly on the angles of incidence. Besides, the characterization of the diffraction efficiency at Bragg angle incidence is studied. A uniform high diffraction efficiency is achieved when the incident wave satisfies the Bragg condition.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: June 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 12, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 26, 2008
Published: September 2, 2008

Man Xu, Luciano De Sio, Roberto Caputo, Cesare P. Umeton, Arthur J. H. Wachters, Dick K. G. de Boer, and H. Paul Urbach, "Characterization of the diffraction efficiency of polymer-liquid-crystal-polymer-slices gratings at all incidence angles," Opt. Express 16, 14532-14543 (2008)

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