Polarization-independent nematic liquid crystal waveguides for optofluidic applications

A. d'Alessandro, L. Martini, G. Gilardi, R. Beccherelli, R. Asquini

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Abstract

We present the fabrication and the characterization of waveguides made of a nematic liquid crystal infiltrated in poly(dimethylsiloxane) channels. They are made by means of cast and molding technique and patterned using soft photolithography. The orientation of the nematic liquid crystal molecules induced by the poly(dimethylsiloxane) inner surfaces of the channels allows a polarization independent optical propagation. Optical transmission measurements showed an average of just 0.35 dB variation of light transmission versus input polarization orientation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7114244
Pages (from-to)1709-1712
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Volume27
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • Liquid crystals
  • optical interconnections
  • optical waveguides
  • optofluidics

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