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SF-FDTD analysis of a predictive physical model for parallel aligned liquid crystal devices
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Recently we demonstrated a novel and simplified model enabling to calculate the voltage dependent retardance provided by parallel aligned liquid crystal devices (PA-LCoS) for a very wide range of incidence angles and any wavelength in the visible. To our knowledge it represents the most simplified approach still showing predictive capability. Deeper insight into the physics behind the simplified model is necessary to understand if the parameters in the model are physically meaningful. Since the PA-LCoS is a black-box where we do not have information about the physical parameters of the device, we cannot perform this kind of analysis using the experimental retardance measurements. In this work we develop realistic simulations for the non-linear tilt of the liquid crystal director across the thickness of the liquid crystal layer in the PA devices. We consider these profiles to have a sine-like shape, which is a good approximation for typical ranges of applied voltage in commercial PA-LCoS microdisplays. For these simulations we develop a rigorous method based on the split-field finite difference time domain (SF-FDTD) technique which provides realistic retardance values. These values are used as the experimental measurements to which the simplified model is fitted. From this analysis we learn that the simplified model is very robust, providing unambiguous solutions when fitting its parameters. We also learn that two of the parameters in the model are physically meaningful, proving a useful reverse-engineering approach, with predictive capability, to probe into internal characteristics of the PA-LCoS device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10395, Optics and Photonics for Information Processing XI, 1039509 (12 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273924
Show Author Affiliations
Andrés Márquez, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Jorge Francés, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Francisco J. Martínez, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Sergi Gallego, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Mariela L. Alvarez, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Eva M. Calzado, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Inmaculada Pascual, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)
Augusto Beléndez, Univ. de Alicante (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10395:
Optics and Photonics for Information Processing XI
Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Abdul A. S. Awwal; Mireya García Vázquez; Andrés Márquez; Víctor H. Diaz-Ramirez, Editor(s)

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