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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 12 — Jun. 7, 2010
  • pp: 12562–12568

Alignment-to-polarization projection in dye-doped nematic liquid crystal microlasers

Hiroyuki Yoshida, Kenji Tagashira, Takayuki Kumagai, Akihiko Fujii, and Masanori Ozaki  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 12, pp. 12562-12568 (2010)

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We report a dye-doped nematic liquid crystal microlaser that allows the two-dimensional alignment of the liquid crystal to be projected directly on the output polarization of the laser beam. The laser cavity is composed of a pair of dielectric multilayers sandwiching a dye-doped nematic liquid crystal with patterned alignment, and exploits the fact that the resonance modes in such systems are split into two orthogonally polarized modes experiencing either the extraordinary or ordinary refractive index of the liquid crystal. Azimuthally polarized lasing is demonstrated using a concentrically aligned liquid crystal layer.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2010
Published: May 27, 2010

Hiroyuki Yoshida, Kenji Tagashira, Takayuki Kumagai, Akihiko Fujii, and Masanori Ozaki, "Alignment-to-polarization projection in dye-doped nematic liquid crystal microlasers," Opt. Express 18, 12562-12568 (2010)

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