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Transversely excited liquid crystal cells
Author(s): Gary Cook; Jason P. Duignan; Lesley L. Taylor
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Paper Abstract

The integration of photorefractive liquid crystal beam coupling devices into optical systems is often hampered by the need to tilt the liquid crystal cells to high angles of incidence in order to obtain efficient beam coupling. Owing to poor charge diffusion in most liquid crystal systems, charge migration depends mainly on an externally applied drift field. Conventional cells, with electrodes applied to the surfaces of the windows, therefore need to be tilted with respect to the incident light to enable a component of the applied electric field to appear along the direction of the optical grating k-vector. This paper reports on an alternative design in which the electric field is applied transversely, enabling devices to be presented at normal incidence to the system optical propagation direction. We demonstrate the optical gain from transversely excited homeotropic liquid crystal cells is very similar to that obtainable with conventional homeotropic cells, with the added unexpected advantage of an order of magnitude increase in speed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 January 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4462, Nonlinear Optical Transmission Processes and Organic Photorefractive Materials, (16 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.452742
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Gary Cook, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)
Jason P. Duignan, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)
Lesley L. Taylor, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4462:
Nonlinear Optical Transmission Processes and Organic Photorefractive Materials
Christopher M. Lawson; Klaus Meerholz, Editor(s)

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