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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7349–7355

Tunable bi-functional photonic device based on one-dimensional photonic crystal infiltrated with a bistable liquid-crystal layer

Chong-Yin Wu, Yi-Hong Zou, Ivan Timofeev, Yu-Ting Lin, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, Jy-Shan Hsu, and Wei Lee  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7349-7355 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.007349


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Abstract

We investigated the optical properties of a one-dimensional photonic crystal infiltrated with a bistable chiral tilted homeotropic nematic liquid crystal as the central defect layer. By modulating the nematic director orientation with applied voltage, the electrical tunability of the defect modes was observed in the transmission spectrum. The composite not only is a general tunable device but also involves the green concept in that it can operate in two stable states at 0 V. Under the parallel-polarizer scheme, the spectral characteristics suggest a potential application for this device as an energy-efficient multichannel optical switch.

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

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: February 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2011
Published: April 1, 2011

Citation
Chong-Yin Wu, Yi-Hong Zou, Ivan Timofeev, Yu-Ting Lin, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, Jy-Shan Hsu, and Wei Lee, "Tunable bi-functional photonic device based on one-dimensional photonic crystal infiltrated with a bistable liquid-crystal layer," Opt. Express 19, 7349-7355 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-8-7349


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