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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 487–489

Applicability of geometrical optics to in-plane liquid-crystal configurations

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


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 487-489 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000487


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Abstract

We study the applicability of geometrical optics to inhomogeneous dielectric nongyrotropic optically anisotropic media typically found in in-plane liquid-crystal configurations with refractive indices n o = 1.5 and n e = 1.7 . To this end, we compare the results of advanced ray- and wave-optics simulations of the propagation of an incident plane wave to a special anisotropic configuration. Based on the results, we conclude that for a good agreement between ray and wave optics, a maximum change in optical properties should occur over a distance of at least 20 wavelengths.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(080.3095) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous elements in optical systems

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: September 1, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2009
Published: February 4, 2010

Citation
M. Sluijter, M. Xu, H. P. Urbach, and D. K. G. de Boer, "Applicability of geometrical optics to in-plane liquid-crystal configurations," Opt. Lett. 35, 487-489 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-4-487

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