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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2013
  • pp: 821–828

Spectral modulation of a bistable liquid-crystal photonic structure by the polarization effect

Yu-Cheng Hsiao, Yi-Hong Zou, Ivan V. Timofeev, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, and Wei Lee  »View Author Affiliations


Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 6, pp. 821-828 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OME.3.000821


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Abstract

The light polarization has an effect on spectral properties of a multilayered photonic crystal infiltrated with a bistable chiral-tilted homeotropic nematic liquid crystal (LC) as a defect layer. By varying the direction of polarization of incident, linearly polarized light interacting with the birefringent LC, the tunability of defect modes in wavelength and amplitude and the broadening of the low-transmittance range can be realized in the transmission spectrum. The LC features two optically stable states and two voltage-sustained states. The bistability makes the device of low energy consumption. Such a hybrid can be used as not only a wavelength selector, optical shutter or multichannel switch but also a stopband-tunable device.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

History
Original Manuscript: April 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2013
Published: May 17, 2013

Citation
Yu-Cheng Hsiao, Yi-Hong Zou, Ivan V. Timofeev, Victor Ya. Zyryanov, and Wei Lee, "Spectral modulation of a bistable liquid-crystal photonic structure by the polarization effect," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 821-828 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ome/abstract.cfm?URI=ome-3-6-821


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