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Hydrostatic pressure effects in weakly twisted anisotropic media: an analogy between highly birefringent fibers and chiral nematic liquid crystals
Author(s): Tomasz R. Wolinski
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Paper Abstract

A comparative description of hydrostatic pressure effects in slowly twisting anisotropic media such as highly birefringent optical fibers and chiral nematic liquid crystal based on the mode-coupling theory is presented. The problem is analyzed in the Mauguin limit, where large linear birefringence of the medium dominates over the twisting effect. Hydrostatic pressure is found to slightly modify a weak twist coupling between the local modes, but can strongly influence polarization properties of the light propagating in the media creating new pressure sensing possibilities.

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Date Published: 1 September 1996
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2778, 17th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for Science and New Technology, 277824 (1 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.2298958
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Tomasz R. Wolinski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2778:
17th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for Science and New Technology
Joon-Sung Chang; Jai-Hyung Lee; ChangHee Nam, Editor(s)

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