OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 6 — Mar. 17, 2008
  • pp: 3768–3775

Axially symmetric polarization converters based on photo-aligned liquid crystal films

Ying-Yu Tzeng, Shih-Wei Ke, Chi-Lun Ting, Andy Y.-G. Fuh, and Tsung-Hsien Lin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 6, pp. 3768-3775 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.003768


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (446 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

This work demonstrates axially symmetric polarization converters based on photo-alignment in dye-doped liquid crystal (DDLC) films. A linear-shape and linearly polarized beam is applied onto a rotated homogeneous DDLC cell to achieve three axially symmetric polarizations - radial, azimuthal and vortical. Additionally, the spiral degree of the axially symmetric vortical polarization can be controlled by varying the polarization of the pumping light and the simulation results agree well with the experiment.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: January 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2008
Published: March 7, 2008

Citation
Ying-Yu Tzeng, Shih-Wei Ke, Chi-Lun Ting, Andy Y.-G. Fuh, and Tsung-Hsien Lin, "Axially symmetric polarization converters based on photo-aligned liquid crystal films," Opt. Express 16, 3768-3775 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-6-3768


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. J. A. Davis, D. E. McNamara, D. M. Cottrell, and T. Sonehara, "Two-dimensional polarization encoding with a phase-only liquid-crystal spatial light modulator," Appl. Opt. 39, 1549 (2000). [CrossRef]
  2. J.-H. Lee, H.-R. Kim, and S.-D. Lee, "Polarization-insensitive wavelength selection in an axially symmetric liquid-crystal Fabry-Perot filter," Appl. Phys. Lett. 75, 859 (1999) [CrossRef]
  3. I. Moshe, S. Jackel, and A. Meir, "Production of radially or azimuthally polarized beams in solid-state lasers and the elimination of thermally induced birefringence effects," Opt. Lett. 28, 807 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. R. Oron, S. Blit, N. Davidson, A. A. Friesem, and E. Hasman, "The formation of laser beams with pure azimuthal or radial polarization," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3322 (2000). [CrossRef]
  5. T. Moser, M. Abdou Ahmed, F. Pigeon, O. Parriaux, E. Wyss, and Th. Graf, "Generation of radially polarized beams in Nd:YAG lasers with polarization selective mirrors," Laser Phys. Lett. 1, 234 (2004). [CrossRef]
  6. Y. Kozawa and S. Sato, "Generation of a radially polarized laser beam by use of a conical Brewster prism," Opt. Lett. 30, 3063 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. S. C. Tidwell, G. H. Kim, and W. D. Kimura, "Efficient radially polarized laser beam generation with a double interferometer," Appl. Opt. 32, 5222 (1993). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. N. Passily, R. S. Denis, K. Ait-Ameur, F. Treussart, R. Hierle, and J. F. Roch, "Simple interferometric technique for generation of a radially polarized light beam," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 984 (2005). [CrossRef]
  9. G. Machavariani, Y. Lumer, I. Moshe, A. Meir, and S. Jacke, "Efficient extracavity generation of radially and azimuthally polarized beams," Opt. Lett. 32, 1468 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. J. A. Davis, D. E. McNamara, D. M. Cottrell, and T. Sonehara, "Two-dimensional polarization encoding with a phase-only liquid-crystal spatial light modulator," Appl. Opt. 39, 1549 (2000). [CrossRef]
  11. R. Yamaguchi, T. Nose, and S. Sato, "Liquid crystal polarizers with axially symmetrical properties," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 28, 1730 (1989). [CrossRef]
  12. Y. H. Wu, Y. H. Lin, H. Ren, X. Nie, J. H. Lee, and S. T. Wu, "Axially-symmetric sheared polymer network liquid crystals," Opt. Express 13, 4638 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. H. Ren, Y. H. Lin, and S. T. Wu, "Linear to axial or radial polarization conversion using a liquid crystal gel," Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 051114 (2006) [CrossRef]
  14. D. Voloshchenko, A. Khyzhnyak, Y. Reznikov, and V. Reshetnyak, "Control of an easy-axis on nematic-polymer interface by light action to nematic bulk," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 34, 566 (1995). [CrossRef]
  15. F. Simoni and O. Francescangeli, "Effects of light on molecular orientation of liquid crystals," J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 11, R439-R487 (1999). [CrossRef]
  16. A. Y.-G. Fuh, C.-C. Liao, K.-C. Hsu, C.-L. Lu, and C.-Y. Tsai, "Dynamic studies of holographic gratings in dye-doped liquid-crystal films," Opt. Lett. 26, 1767 (2001). [CrossRef]
  17. C. R. Lee, T. L. Fu, K. T. Cheng, T. S. Mo and A. Y.-G. Fuh, "Surface-assisted photo-alignment in dye-doped liquid crystal films," Phys. Rev. E 69, 031704 (2004). [CrossRef]
  18. T.-H. Lin, Y. Huang, A. Y. G. Fuh, and S.-T. Wu, "Polarization controllable Fresnel lens using dye-doped liquid crystals," Opt. Express 14, 2359 (2006) [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  19. T.-H. Lin, Y. Huang, Y. Zhou, A. Y. G. Fuh, and S.-T. Wu, "Photo-patterning micro-mirror devices using azo dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals," Opt. Express 14, 4479 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. T.-H. Lin, H.-C. Jau, S.-Y. Hung, H.-R. Fuh and A. Y.-G. Fuh, "Photoaddressable bistable reflective liquid crystal display," Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 021116 (2006). [CrossRef]
  21. D.-W. Kim, C.-J. Yu, H.-R. Kim, S.-J. Kim, and S.-D. Lee, "Polarization-insensitive liquid crystal Fresnel lens of dynamic focusing in an orthogonal binary configuration," Appl. Phys. Lett.,  88, 203505 (2006). [CrossRef]
  22. C.-R. Lee, T.-S. Mo, K.-T. Cheng, T.-L. Fu and A. Y. G. Fuh, "Electrically switchable and thermally erasable biphotonic holographic gratings in dye-doped liquid crystal films," Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 4285 (2003). [CrossRef]
  23. A. Niv, G. Biener, V. Kleiner and E. Hasman, "Manipulation of the pancharatnam phase in vectorial vortices," Opt. Express 14, 4208 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  24. D.-K. Yang and S.-T. Wu, Fundamentals of Liquid Crystal Devices (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, 2006), Chap. 3. [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

Multimedia

Multimedia FilesRecommended Software
» Media 1: MOV (693 KB)     

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited