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Slow light propagation in tunable nanoscale photonic crystal cavity filled with nematic liquid crystal
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Paper Abstract

Slow light propagated through a photonic crystal with a nematic liquid crystal-filled cavity has been simulated and presented. Both slow and fast modes propagate in the waveguide. Design efforts were made to adjust the group velocities of the propagating modes. Numerical studies show that the nematic liquid crystal provides designers an additional degree of freedom to tune the device by using external perturbations such as applying heat or electric field. Comparative studies have also been done to see the performance of the devices built in two different material platforms (silicon and InP). The device can be used as an economic and efficient functional materials system for building robust integrated photonic devices that have the ability to slow, store, and process light pulses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(10) 102705 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.10.102705
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
Kaisar R. Khan, SUNY Canton (United States)
Khaled Mnaymneh, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Hazem A. Awad, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Imad I. Hasan, Algonquin College (Canada)

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