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Fabrication of liquid crystal gratings based on photoalignment technology
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A serial of LC gratings are fabricated mainly based on photoalignment, which include (1) Nematic LC grating with alternating 90° twisted nematic (TN) regions and homogeneous alignment (PA). Both 1D and 2D diffraction gratings are demonstrated by periodic photoalignment of sulfonic azo-dye (SD1) films with a linearly polarized light beam. (2) A polarization independent of 1D/2D LC gratings with alternate orthogonal homogeneously aligned regions. No polarizer is employed. (3) A polarizer-free submillisecond response grating employing dual-frequency LC (DFLC) together with patterned hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) structures. To obtain instantly controllable LC microstructures rather than simple gratings, a digital micro-mirror device (DMD) based a micro-lithography system is developed. It may generate arbitrary micro-images on photoalignment layers. Besides normal phase gratings, more complex 2D patterns including quasicrystal structure are demonstrated, which give us more freedom to develop microstructured LC based photonic devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8642, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VIII, 86420G (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004245
Show Author Affiliations
Yan-Qing Lu, Nanjing Univ. (China)
Wei Hu, Nanjing Univ. (China)
Abhishek Srivastava, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (Hong Kong, China)
Vladimir G. Chigrinov, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (Hong Kong, China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8642:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VIII
Liang-Chy Chien; Dick J. Broer; Vladimir Chigrinov; Tae-Hoon Yoon, Editor(s)

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