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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 23952–23957

Multichannel photonic devices based on tristable polymer-stabilized cholesteric textures

Yu-Cheng Hsiao, Chien-Tsung Hou, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, and Wei Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 23952-23957 (2011)

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We demonstrate in this paper an electrically tunable photonic device based on one-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) infiltrated with polymer-stabilized cholesteric texture (PSCT) as a central defect layer. With the hybrid PC/PSCT structure, not only is the wavelength of each defect mode switchable among three major stable states by various appropriate frequency-modulated voltage pulses, but also the intensity can be electrically tuned in multi-metastable states. As a result, an electrically controllable multichannel photonic device with several alluring features is proposed. It is wavelength-switchable, intensity-tunable, and polarizer-free and possesses optical tristability in the defect modes to reduce power consumption.

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

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 31, 2011
Published: November 10, 2011

Yu-Cheng Hsiao, Chien-Tsung Hou, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, and Wei Lee, "Multichannel photonic devices based on tristable polymer-stabilized cholesteric textures," Opt. Express 19, 23952-23957 (2011)

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