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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2006
  • pp: 3019–3021

Unique optical properties of anisotropic helical structures in a Fabry–Perot cavity

I. Abdulhalim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 20, pp. 3019-3021 (2006)

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Anisotropic helical structures in Fabry–Perot (FP) cavities are shown to exhibit unique properties. The FP peaks are unpolarized, consisting of doublets corresponding to Bloch–Lyaponov eigenwaves with increased splitting as the local anisotropy increases and as they become closer to the photonic bandgap. The Bragg-type selective reflection peak existing in a free-cavity sample is inhibited when the helical medium is inside a cavity, and it has no effect on the cavity modes. Hence the unique characteristics are obtained even with a single period of the helix, and consequently thin films of helical liquid crystals can be used to build fast tunable polarization insensitive FP filters.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2690) General : General physics
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(120.2440) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Filters
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 19, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2006
Published: September 25, 2006

I. Abdulhalim, "Unique optical properties of anisotropic helical structures in a Fabry-Perot cavity," Opt. Lett. 31, 3019-3021 (2006)

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