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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 22 — Oct. 26, 2009
  • pp: 19365–19370

Airy beams generated by a binary phase element made of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals

H. T. Dai, X. W. Sun, D. Luo, and Y. J. Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 22, pp. 19365-19370 (2009)

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Using polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs), an electrically switchable binary phase pattern was fabricated to generate Airy beams through a programmable lithographic system. The right main lobe of the reconstructed Airy beam experienced 1.3 mm transverse deflection within 24 cm propagation distance. With a suitable voltage applied, the binary PDLC pattern can be erased due to the index match between polymers and liquid crystals. This versatile approach can be also used to generate other special beams with electrically tunable capability.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(050.5080) Diffraction and gratings : Phase shift
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: July 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 2, 2009
Published: October 12, 2009

H. T. Dai, X. W. Sun, D. Luo, and Y. J. Liu, "Airy beams generated by a binary phase element made of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals," Opt. Express 17, 19365-19370 (2009)

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