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Vertical cavity surface emitting laser with nematic and chiral liquid crystals overlay
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Paper Abstract

A technological platform for a vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) with tunable polarization is presented. It is realized by integrating an 850nm VCSEL chip in a liquid crystal (LC) cell that uses photo-alignment (PA) to orient the LC. Two kinds of LC are filled in and form a thin layer over the emitter of the VCSEL: nematic LC or chiral nematic LC (cLC). The VCSEL and the nematic LC layer can be electrically driven with separate electrodes. The polarization state of the laser emission can be controlled by applying an appropriate voltage over the nematic LC layer. The chiral nematic LC has a reflection band that contains the VCSEL emission wavelength, so that one circular polarized mode of the laser emission is reflected as a feedback into the VCSEL. We found that the emission from the VCSEL with cLC overlay is circularly polarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8639, Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers XVII, 86390E (13 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.1000246
Show Author Affiliations
Y. Xie, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
J. Beeckman, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
W. Woestenborghs, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
K. Panajotov, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
K. Neyts, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8639:
Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers XVII
Kent D. Choquette; James K. Guenter, Editor(s)

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