Abstract

Self-controlled photonic switching was achieved by combining the photoconductivity of a semiconductor and the electrical tunability of a liquid crystal (LC). Pulse packets of 1.06μm wavelength created free carriers in a silicon electrode of an LC cell, which triggered voltage application for LC reorientation. Consequently, polarization direction of the succeeding packets became perpendicular to that of the preceding packets, and they progressed in different directions after passing through a polarization beam splitter. The cascade LC cells divided a series of packets one by one in a self-controlled manner.

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