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Influence of electrical field on light propagation in microstructured liquid crystal fibers
Author(s): S. Ertman; T. R. Wolinski; K. Szaniawska; P. Lesiak; A. W. Domanski; R. Dabrowski; E. Nowinowski-Kruszelnicki; J. Wojcik
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Paper Abstract

Microstructured optical fibers have ability to change their optical properties through inserting different materials into their holes. Filling the microstructured fibers with liquid crystals opens up a possibility of dynamic switching between different guiding mechanisms. In this paper we present the influence of electrical field on propagation properties of microstructured photonic crystal fibers filled with either low or highly birefringent nematic liquid crystals. Depending on the liquid crystal material introduced into the micro holes different propagation mechanism controlled by external electric field have been observed. This creates great potential in fiber optic sensing and optical processing application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5950, Photonic Crystals and Fibers, 59501D (12 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.622148
Show Author Affiliations
S. Ertman, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
T. R. Wolinski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
K. Szaniawska, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
P. Lesiak, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
A. W. Domanski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
R. Dabrowski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
E. Nowinowski-Kruszelnicki, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
J. Wojcik, Maria Curie Sklodowska Univ. (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5950:
Photonic Crystals and Fibers
Waclaw Urbanczyk; Bozena Jaskorzynska; Philip St. J. Russell, Editor(s)

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