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Singular photonics based on liquid crystals topological defects
Author(s): Etienne Brasselet; Charles Loussert
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Paper Abstract

Here we report on the use of liquid crystal topological defects for photonic applications that involve optical singularities. The well-dened molecular organization around a liquid crystal defect enables the coupling between the spin and the orbital angular momentum of light. Such an optical spin-orbit coupling is a general feature of light propagation through inhomogeneous or anisotropic media, which makes liquid crystal topological defects attractive micro-structures when orbital angular momentum of light is the key ingredient of an application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 December 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8204, Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices, 820416 (24 December 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.904255
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Etienne Brasselet, Lab. Ondes et Matière d'Aquitaine, CNRS, Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)
Charles Loussert, Lab. Ondes et Matière d'Aquitaine, CNRS, Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8204:
Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices
Saulius Juodkazis; Min Gu, Editor(s)

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