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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 23 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 19375–19381

Photonic crystal fiber with a dual-frequency addressable liquid crystal: behavior in the visible wavelength range

A. Lorenz, H.-S. Kitzerow, A. Schwuchow, J. Kobelke, and H. Bartelt  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 23, pp. 19375-19381 (2008)

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Wave-guiding in the visible spectral range is investigated for a micro-structured crystal fiber filled with a dual-frequency addressable nematic liquid crystal mixture. The fiber exhibits a solid core surrounded by just 4 rings of cylindrical holes. Control of the liquid crystal alignment by anchoring agents permits relatively low attenuation. Samples with different anchoring conditions at the interface of the silica glass and the liquid crystal show different transmission properties and switching behavior. Polarization dependent and independent fiber optic switching is observed. Due to a dual-frequency addressing scheme, active switching to both states with enhanced and reduced transmission becomes possible for planar anchoring. Even a non-perfect fiber shows reasonable transmission and a variety of interesting effects.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystal Fibers

Original Manuscript: September 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 13, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2008
Published: November 7, 2008

A. Lorenz, H.-S. Kitzerow, A. Schwuchow, J. Kobelke, and H. Bartelt, "Photonic crystal fiber with a dual-frequency addressable liquid crystal: behavior in the visible wavelength range," Opt. Express 16, 19375-19381 (2008)

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