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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 6 — Mar. 14, 2011
  • pp: 5500–5510

Time-domain analysis of optically controllable biphotonic gratings in azo-dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals

Hui-Chen Yeh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 5500-5510 (2011)

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This study investigated optically controllable biphotonic gratings (BGs) in azo-dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals. The BGs were formed under the illumination of one green beam with the simultaneous irradiation of an interference field generated by two coherent red beams. This study ascribes the formation of the BGs to the green-beam-induced dye reorientation and elongation of the helical pitch through trans-cis isomerization and red-beam-induced suppression of dye reorientation and elongation of the helical pitch by cis-trans back isomerization. The diffraction characteristics strongly depended on the helical pitch of the cholesteric structure, the polarization state of the probe beam, and the relative intensity of the green and red beams. Application of the finite-difference time-domain method demonstrated that the model of photoinduced distortion of the cholesteric liquid crystal structure satisfactorily explains this dependence.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2011
Published: March 9, 2011

Hui-Chen Yeh, "Time-domain analysis of optically controllable biphotonic gratings in azo-dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals," Opt. Express 19, 5500-5510 (2011)

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