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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1999
  • pp: 55–57

Fabry Perot etalon with polymer cholesteric liquid-crystal mirrors

Jay E. Stockley, Gary D. Sharp, and Kristina M. Johnson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 1, pp. 55-57 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.000055


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Abstract

We present what we believe to be the first implementation of a Fabry–Perot (FP) etalon using polymer cholesteric liquid-crystal mirrors. These polymer mirrors have each been fabricated onto a single substrate, which allows the FP cavity spacing to be only a few micrometers wide. For the experimental results presented, cavity lengths of 13.8 and 7.6 μm yield near-infrared free spectral ranges of 24.8 and 45.6 nm, respectively. The measured finesse of 14.31 is approaching the limitation imposed by the reflectivity of the mirrors.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.2230) Diffraction and gratings : Fabry-Perot
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Jay E. Stockley, Gary D. Sharp, and Kristina M. Johnson, "Fabry Perot etalon with polymer cholesteric liquid-crystal mirrors," Opt. Lett. 24, 55-57 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-1-55

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