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Hybrid integration of silicone PDLC into a planar light circuit
Author(s): Jon V DeGroot Jr.; Terry V. Clapp; Jonathan P. Hannington; Kai Su
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Paper Abstract

Silicone polymeric materials are being developed that will allow the hybrid integration of tunable functionality provided by polymer dispersed liquid crystal, PDLC, and continuous phase liquid crystal materials on planar silica-on-silicon and planar polymer light circuits. The advantages of this approach are ease of integration, the possibility for reduced power consumption, and therefore a reduction of the overall cost for component manufacturing and operation. A successful demonstration of a low loss approach to hybrid integration of polymers and liquid crystals is presented. The challenges for successful integration and acceptance will be discussed. New liquid crystal materials are being developed specifically for this application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5222, Nanocrystals, and Organic and Hybrid Nanomaterials, (14 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.504810
Show Author Affiliations
Jon V DeGroot Jr., Dow Corning Corp. (United States)
Terry V. Clapp, Dow Corning Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jonathan P. Hannington, Dow Corning Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Kai Su, Dow Corning Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5222:
Nanocrystals, and Organic and Hybrid Nanomaterials
Alexander N. Cartwright; David L. Andrews; Zeno Gaburro; Charles Y. C. Lee, Editor(s)

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