Publication Title

Optical Engineering

Publication Date

4-2006

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1117/1.2192520

Keywords

liquid-crystal, beam deflector, cholesteric gratings, driven, transition, efficient, behavior, pattern, array

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

We describe the application of smectic A (SmA) liquid crystals for beam deflection. SmA materials can be used in digital beam deflectors (DBDs) as fillers for passive birefringent prisms. SmA prisms have high birefringence and can be constructed in a variety of shapes, including single prisms and prismatic blazed gratings of different angles and profiles. We address the challenges of uniform alignment of SmA, such as elimination of focal conic domains. Fast rotation of the incident light polarization in DBDs is achieved by an electrically switched 90-deg twisted nematic (TN) cell.

Comments

Copyright 2006 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited. http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2192520


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