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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28974–28979

Radially realigning nematic liquid crystal for efficient tuning of microring resonators

Tzyy-Jiann Wang, Wan-Jing Li, and Tien-Jung Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28974-28979 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.028974


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Abstract

The efficient tuning of microring resonator with the radially realigning nematic liquid crystal (NLC) cladding is presented. By applying the voltage on the in-plane annular electrodes, the produced electric field realigns the homeotropically-aligned NLC in the radial direction. Under the voltage sufficient for 90° NLC reorientation, the guided mode senses the consistent cladding index distribution along the microring waveguide with the maximal index change equal to the optical anisotropy of NLC. The resultant tuning of the resonant wavelength has a blue shift of 23.1nm for the TM mode and a red shift of 10.1nm for the TE mode. The tuning rates for the TM and TE modes are −1.95nm/V and 0.90nm/V. The proposed microring resonator owns the excellent features of wide tuning ranges and high tuning rates for the TM and TE modes.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(130.7408) Integrated optics : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

Citation
Tzyy-Jiann Wang, Wan-Jing Li, and Tien-Jung Chen, "Radially realigning nematic liquid crystal for efficient tuning of microring resonators," Opt. Express 21, 28974-28979 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-23-28974


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