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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 27777–27786

Patterned color liquid crystal polymer polarizers

Graham Myhre, Arshad Sayyad, and Stanley Pau  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 27777-27786 (2010)

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We demonstrate patterned polarizers for visible wavelengths using dichroic dye in a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) host. Contact lithography is used to pattern a thin alignment layer, which subsequently transfers the pattern to the LCP. A gray dichroic dye mixture for the visible spectrum is optimized and implemented along with LCP to fabricate this polarizer. A peak extinction ratio of 41 was measured at a 633 nm wavelength, while simultaneously showing patterns as small as 3 μm. Finally, multi layer films are demonstrated by fabricating a two layer patterned circular polarizer consisting of a quarter-wave retarder and a color polarizer. Our process has applications in three-dimensional displays, interferometry, optical storage, and polarimeters.

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OCIS Codes
(110.5220) Imaging systems : Photolithography
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(130.5440) Integrated optics : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: October 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2010
Published: December 16, 2010

Graham Myhre, Arshad Sayyad, and Stanley Pau, "Patterned color liquid crystal polymer polarizers," Opt. Express 18, 27777-27786 (2010)

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