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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3253–3256

Holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal Bragg grating integrated inside a solid core photonic crystal fiber

Gianluigi Zito and Stavros Pissadakis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 17, pp. 3253-3256 (2013)

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A polymer/liquid crystal-based fiber Bragg grating (PLC-FBG) is fabricated with visible two-beam holography by photo-induced modulation of a prepolymer/liquid crystal solution infiltrated into the hollow channels of a solid core photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The fabrication process and effects related to the photonic bandgap guidance into the infiltrated PCF, and characterization of the PLC-FBG, are discussed. Experimental data presented here demonstrate that the liquid crystal inclusions of the PLC-FBG lead to high thermal and bending sensitivities. The microscopic behavior of the polymer/liquid crystal phase separation inside the PCF capillaries is examined using scanning electron microscopy, and is discussed further.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2013
Published: August 20, 2013

Gianluigi Zito and Stavros Pissadakis, "Holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal Bragg grating integrated inside a solid core photonic crystal fiber," Opt. Lett. 38, 3253-3256 (2013)

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