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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: 9676–9689

All-optically controllable dye-doped liquid crystal infiltrated photonic crystal fiber

Chia-Rong Lee, Jia-De Lin, Yan-Jhen Huang, Shih-Chan Huang, Shih-Hung Lin, and Chin-Ping Yu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 9676-9689 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.009676


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Abstract

A novel demonstration of an all-optically controllable dye-doped liquid crystal infiltrated photonic crystal fiber (DDLCIPCF) is presented. Overall spectral transmittance of the DDLCIPCF can decrease and then increase with a concomitant red-shift of the spectrum curve with increasing irradiation time of one UV beam. Continuing irradiation of one green beam following UV illumination on the DDLCIPCF can cause the transmission spectrum to recover completely. The reversible all-optical controllability of the photonic band structure of the fiber is attributable to the isothermal planar nematic (PN) → scattering (S) → isotropic (I) and I → S → PN state transitions of the LCs via the UV-beam-induced transcis and green-beam-induced cistrans back isomerizations of the azo-dye, respectively, in the cladding of the DDLCIPCF. The photoinduced appearance of the S state and the variation of the index modulation between the core and the cladding of the fiber result in the variation of overall spectral transmittance and the shift of transmission spectrum, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: March 16, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2011
Published: May 3, 2011

Citation
Chia-Rong Lee, Jia-De Lin, Yan-Jhen Huang, Shih-Chan Huang, Shih-Hung Lin, and Chin-Ping Yu, "All-optically controllable dye-doped liquid crystal infiltrated photonic crystal fiber," Opt. Express 19, 9676-9689 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-10-9676


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