Abstract

A new approach to a polarization-independent twisted liquid-crystal (LC) structure, where phase difference between orthogonal eigenmodes is tuned to be an integer multiple of 2π, is demonstrated with a numerical model. For select wavelengths, polarization-independent operation can be achieved by tuning the twist rate and thickness of the LC cavity. Applications can be found in polarization- independent switches and field sequential wavelength selection devices.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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