OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 26959–26964

Optical properties of one-dimensional photonic crystal with a twisted-nematic defect layer

Yu-Ting Lin, Wen-Yang Chang, Chong-Yin Wu, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, and Wei Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 26959-26964 (2010)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (983 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Spectral properties of an electrically tunable one-dimensional photonic crystal infiltrated with a twisted-nematic liquid crystal (PC/TN) are investigated. Two mesogenic materials with dissimilar optical anisotropies are examined for constituting the central defect layer. With the TN alignment of the defect layer embedded in the dielectric multilayers, the defect modes not only shift with the applied voltage but also switch between two major modes when the linear polarization angle of the incident light is altered. The superposition of the mixed-mode TN (MTN) and the photonic bandgap brings out a tremendous undulation in all range of the transmission spectrum. The defect modes falling at the centers of the MTN spectral humps are allowed to intensely transmit while the others are suppressed. As a result, we propose a monochromatic selector constructed by such a PC/MTN device with electrical tunability.

© 2010 OSA

OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: August 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 22, 2010
Published: December 8, 2010

Yu-Ting Lin, Wen-Yang Chang, Chong-Yin Wu, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, and Wei Lee, "Optical properties of one-dimensional photonic crystal with a twisted-nematic defect layer," Opt. Express 18, 26959-26964 (2010)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. E. Yablonovitch, “Inhibited spontaneous emission in solid-state physics and electronics,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 58(20), 2059–2062 (1987). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. S. John, “Strong localization of photons in certain disordered dielectric superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 58(23), 2486–2489 (1987). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. J. D. Joannopoulos, R. D. Meade, and J. N. Winn, Photonic Crystals: Molding the Flow of Light, 2nd ed. (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1995).
  4. F. Du, Y.-Q. Lu, and S.-T. Wu, “Electrically tunable liquid-crystal photonic crystal fiber,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 85(12), 2181 (2004). [CrossRef]
  5. R. Ozaki, T. Matsui, M. Ozaki, and K. Yoshino, “Electrically color-tunable defect mode lasing in one-dimensional photonic-band-gap system containing liquid crystal,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 82(21), 3593 (2003). [CrossRef]
  6. Z.-F. Sang and Z.-Y. Li, “Properties of defect modes in one-dimensional photonic crystals containing a graded defect layer,” Opt. Commun. 273(1), 162–166 (2007). [CrossRef]
  7. R. Ozaki, T. Matsui, M. Ozaki, and K. Yoshino, “Electro-tunable defect mode in one-dimensional periodic structure containing nematic liquid crystal as a defect layer,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 41(Part 2, No. 12B), L1482–L1484 (2002). [CrossRef]
  8. V. Y. Zyryanov, V. A. Gunyakov, S. A. Myslivets, V. G. Arkhipkin, and V. F. Shabanov, “Electrooptical switching in a one-dimensional photonic crystal,” Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. (Phila. Pa.) 488, 118–126 (2008). [CrossRef]
  9. V. Y. Zyryanov, S. A. Myslivets, V. A. Gunyakov, A. M. Parshin, V. G. Arkhipkin, V. F. Shabanov, and W. Lee, “Magnetic-field tunable defect modes in a photonic-crystal/liquid-crystal cell,” Opt. Express 18(2), 1283–1288 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. R. Ozaki, M. Ozaki, and K. Yoshino, “Defect mode in one-dimensional photonic crystal with in-plane switchable nematic liquid crystal defect layer,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 43(11B), L1477–L1479 (2004). [CrossRef]
  11. S. T. Wu and C. S. Wu, “Mixed-mode twisted-nematic cell for transmissive liquid crystal display,” Displays 20(5), 231–236 (1999). [CrossRef]
  12. C. H. Gooch and H. A. Tarry, “The optical properties of twisted nematic liquid crystal structures with twist angles ≤ 90 degrees,” J. Phys. D Appl. Phys. 8(13), 1575–1584 (1975). [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.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited