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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2000
  • pp: 420–422

Diffraction properties of highly birefringent liquid-crystal composite gratings

James J. Butler and Michelle S. Malcuit  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 6, pp. 420-422 (2000)

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We have fabricated electrically switchable holographic gratings, using Polaroid Corporation's DMP-128 photopolymer filled with the nematic liquid crystal E7. It is shown that a coupled-wave theory that includes the effects of the birefringence of the liquid crystal must be used to explain the diffraction properties of these anisotropic volume gratings. Furthermore, a detailed comparison of theory and experiment provides information about the alignment of the liquid crystal within the polymer host.

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OCIS Codes
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

James J. Butler and Michelle S. Malcuit, "Diffraction properties of highly birefringent liquid-crystal composite gratings," Opt. Lett. 25, 420-422 (2000)

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