Abstract

Liquid-crystal microprism arrays are shown to be useful for providing electrically controlled alignment of optical beams and fixed various free-space optical interconnections. They can deflect closely spaced micro-optical beams individually to any position with high transmittance (95%), high deflection angle (~10°), and low voltage (<2.8 Vrms). Various fixed optical interconnections can be made simply by changes in the voltages applied to the microprism.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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