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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2009
  • pp: 94–96

Simulations of a liquid-crystal-based electro-optical switch

M. Sluijter, D. K.G. de Boer, and H. P. Urbach  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 94-96 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.000094


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Abstract

We present simulations of a novel liquid-crystal-based electro-optical device that enables a switching effect owing to a backreflection phenomenon. In the simulations, we exploit the optical properties of a liquid-crystal layer with a Freédericksz alignment in an unconventional way. The resulting switching effect of the proposed optical design can be controlled by means of an external electric field. Possible applications of the liquid-crystal device can be found in, but are not restricted to, optical communication systems and lighting applications.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(080.3095) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous elements in optical systems
(080.5692) Geometric optics : Ray trajectories in inhomogeneous media
(260.2710) Physical optics : Inhomogeneous optical media

History
Original Manuscript: September 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2008
Published: December 29, 2008

Citation
M. Sluijter, D. K. G. de Boer, and H. P. Urbach, "Simulations of a liquid-crystal-based electro-optical switch," Opt. Lett. 34, 94-96 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-1-94


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References

  1. P. J. Collings and M. Hird, Introduction to Liquid Crystals: Chemistry and Physics (Taylor & Francis, 1997). [CrossRef]
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